As of the 5th of October, all Directorate of Labour service centers will be closed due to the COVID-19 virus.This due to security measures in place to ensure the payment of unemployment benefits to jobseekers.
The Directorate of Labour will refund in full (100%) one Icelandic course for each jobseeker this fall semester.
Directorate of Labour Service Centers closed from the 31th of July.
The Directorate of Labour’s service centers will re-open from either the 30th of June or the 6th of July, or upon the completion of the employees’ summer leave.
Job seekers, please be informed that if you are to continue to be registered on unemployment benefits alongside reduced employment ratio in May, you are required to confirm this in My Pages between the 20th and 25th of May.
The labour market in April 2020
The Directorate of Labour directs to job seekers in reduced employment ratio that they are required to deregister from the unemployment registry if their employment has been terminated and/or if they are returning back to previous employment ratio.
The Directorate of Labour has received instructions from the Minister of Social and Children’s Affairs to deviate from the general age requirements of the Unemployment Insurance Act when applying for unemployment benefits alongside reduced employment ratio.
Today april 7th, we are paying out unemployment benefits alongside reduced employment ratio for the second half of the month of March.
Registered unemployment was 5,0% in February 2020 and increased from 4,8% in January and up from 3,1% in February 2019. There were in average 9.162 unemployed in February 2020 or up with 354 from January 2020.
Due to the unusual circumstances that have arisen, including heavily increased work loads at The Directorate of Labour, is evident that application processing periods will increase significantly.
The Directorate of Labour will pay benefits due to reduced employment ratio on the 7th of April 2020
Please be informed that it currently not possible to apply for unemployment benefit payments alongside reduced employment ratio due to temporary company recessions as the application format production is not yet completed.
Please be informed that you are not yet able to apply for a reduced employment ratio due to labour market recession since the parliament hasn't passed the necessary legislation. The Directorate of Labour is currently working on the application’s digital implementation in accordance with how the proposed legislation looks, the application for reduced employment ratio is not yet available on the directorate’s website. We will send out a notification when the application database is ready, and individuals who have had their employment ratio reduced are able to apply. Please note that all applications will made valid from the date from which the reduced employment ratio was arranged, but not earlier than from the 15th of March. The Directorate of Labour requests that patience be shown due to increased workloads and encourages everyone to track announcements on the directorate’s website.
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