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How long can I receive earnings-related daily allowance?

The duration of the earnings-related daily allowance depends on your situation. It is 300, 400 or 500 days.

​​​​​​​When you fulfil the working condition, the maximum period will always start from the beginning. When you are approaching retirement age, you may be entitled to additional days after the actual daily allowance period.

In OmaYTK, you can check how many days you have been paid for, and how many days you have left in your maximum payment period.
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When your maximum payment period ends, we will send you a notification. If you are still unemployed, you can apply for labour market support from Kela. Also, remember to inform the TE Office that the payer of your benefit will change. This will enable the TE Office to send the necessary statements to the right place.

Duration of earnings-related daily allowance

300 days

If your work history is shorter than three years, your earnings-related daily allowance period is 300 days.

400 days

If your work history is longer than three years, your earnings-related daily allowance period is 400 days.

500 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.

Due to the corona epidemic, the days of the maximum payment period will not be used at all from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.

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