The duration of the daily allowance is 300, 400 or 500 days.
If you have worked for a maximum of three years before becoming unemployed, the duration of the daily allowance is 300 days.
If you have worked for more than three years in total before becoming unemployed, the duration is 400 days.
500 days if you are aged 58 or over and have worked for 5 years in the last 20 years.
The maximum period runs each time we pay daily allowance. We pay daily allowances up to five days a week. So the maximum of 300 days will run out in 14 months, 400 days in about 18 months and 500 days in about 23 months.
Duration of earnings-related daily allowance
If your work history is shorter than three years, your earnings-related daily allowance period is 300 days.
If your work history is longer than three years, your earnings-related daily allowance period is 400 days.
If you fulfil the working condition at the age of 58 and have 5 years of work history during the past 20 years. In practice, this means that 500 days is only possible if you become unemployed at the age of 58 or older.
The maximum payment period does not change on the grounds that you are turning 58 years old. The maximum payment period of 500 days requires you to fulfil the employment condition at the age of 58 or older.
Using of the daily allowance period
Each full daily allowance that we pay you deducts one day from the maximum payment period. At most, you can get the daily allowance for five days per calendar week. This means that only five days are deducted from the maximum payment period per week, although there are seven days in a week.
The maximum payment period is used in a different way if you receive an adjusted daily allowance when you work part-time. In this case, we convert the adjusted daily allowance to match the full daily allowance before we deduct it from the maximum payment period. It means that when you work part-time, you use up the maximum period at a slower pace.
If a social benefit is deducted from the full daily allowance, the pace will not be slower.
You may be paid a daily allowance even after the maximum payment period if you are entitled to additional days.
Maximum payment period ends
When the maximum payment period expires, you will receive a decision from us.
If your unemployment continues after the end of the maximum payment period, you can apply for labour market subsidy from Kela. Also remember to inform the TE Office if the payer of your benefit changes. This will enable the TE Office to send the necessary statements to the right place immediately.
How many days are left?
In the OmaYTK service, you can check how many days you have been paid and how many days are left of the maximum payment period.
New maximum payment period
Once you meet the employment condition, the maximum payment period always starts from the beginning.