TMS - English version
Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS)
Through the programme Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), the EU provides a financial instrument to support and develop EURES at the EU level.
EURES is the largest network for promoting job mobility in Europe. The aim of EURES is to promote fair and sustainable cross-border professional mobility within Europe and to remove existing obstacles. The programme supports projects throughout Europe. Information on the different European projects can be found on the EURES website.
The Targeted Mobilty Scheme (TMS) support programme is part of the EURES strategy. In the context of TMS funding, fair and sustainable mobility means that
- participants in the programme are informed individually and with a long-term perspective about life and the labour market opportunities and framework conditions in the desired destination country and
- are supported in overcoming potential hurdles.
Participants in the programme are free to choose a job in one of the 27 EU member states, Norway or Iceland, provided that the job is
- is subject to social security contributions
- complies with legal and collective agreement provisions, and
- has a duration of at least six months, or three months in the case of internships, and
- the working time is at least 50% of a full-time position.
Fair and sustainable mobility also means that recruitment channels and cooperation with language course providers must be communicated transparently by potential employers. Employers acting in the context of TMS funding commit to the values of fair mobility and transparent, respectful cooperation with the EURES-TMS consortium and associated partners.
Clearly defined eligibility requirements and quality standards, as well as professional counselling and verification (including employment contracts) by EURES Advisers, are the central cornerstones to ensure fairness and sustainability.
German EURES TMS programme
The EU currently promotes the following German projects within Targeted Mobility Scheme
- Your EURES job 3 (2022-2024)
- Your EURES job 4 (2023-2025)
The German EURES TMS programme supports the following target groups:
- Workers with Germany as a destination country
- Workers looking for employment throughout Europe
- Workers, returning to their home country, are not eligible for funding
- People, that are or were particularly affected by unemployment as well as the Corona pandemic (such as persons with disabilities, artists, single parents, persons not in education, employment or training - NEETS).
- Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany, which face difficulties filling their vacancies.
A wide variety of support options for job seekers and companies are offered through TMS, ranging from comprehensive advice, financial support for individual candidates for language course and relocation costs to financial support for companies for their employee integration programmes in Germany (see funding).
Please note: All candidates are recommended to contact a EURES adviser at least 20 working days before the planned measure in order to ensure professional advice, to discuss the eligibility requirements and to be able to provide relevant documents (application with necessary attachments, employment contract, language course offers, etc.) in due time. The complete application documents must be submitted to the TMS team (Germany) via the EURES advisers 10 days before the start of the planned measure. At this point, we would like to point out to all candidates who have concluded an employment contract with or through a personnel service provider or temporary employment agency: the EU Commission has set project-specific maximum participation limits per personnel service provider or temporary employment agency (Your EURES job 3 running until 06/2024: 40, Your EURES job 4 running until 09/2025: 40). Your EURES advisers will find out about the availability of funding in advance of your application.
Looking for a job in Germany?
Are you looking for a job, an internship or an apprenticeship in Germany? Are you older than 18 years of age and have not yet reached retirement age? Do you have European citizenship or a residence permit in one of the 27 EU countries, Norway or Iceland?
If so, you can find support and information via the Customer Center on the following issues.
- Labour market and working conditions in Germany
- Searching for jobs, apprenticeships or traineeships and contacts to employers
- Writing a curriculum vitae
- Preparing for job interviews
Villemombler Straße 76
Looking for a job in Europe, outside of Germany?
Would you like to move within Europe - outside of Germany - to take up a new job? If so, EURES advisers can provide you with support and information on the following issues:
- Labour market and working conditions in your European destination country
- Searching for jobs, apprenticeships or traineeships
- Writing a curriculum vitae
- Preparing for job interviews
You can search for EURES advisers in EURES Portal.
Chat with EURES advice in the destination country. Some countries offer the opportunity to chat with EURES Advisers in the destination country in English or the local language. More information can be found on the EURES portal.
Living in Germany and looking for a job elsewhere in Europe?
Are living in Germany and would you like to work in another EU member state, Norway or Iceland? If so, you can obtain further information and support through International and Specialized Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency. Here you find a contact form in German language.
Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung
Villemombler Straße 76
Tel +49 228 50208-2902
- Travel costs: You can apply for a one-off financial support for your travel costs before your interview.
- Relocation costs: After a successful placement, you can apply for one-off financial support for relocation before your move.
- Recognition costs: You can apply for financial support for the recognition of academic and professional qualifications.
- Language course in the country of origin: You can apply for financial support for a preparatory language course in the country of origin, whereby you are free to choose the language course provider.
- Language course in the country of destination: You can apply for support for an employment related (part-time) language course in the country of destination, provided you are released from work for this. You are also free to choose this language course provider.
- Additional travel support: In connection with your application for travel expenses or relocation costs, you can apply for additional travel support, if your place of residence is located in a peripheral region in EU Europe and this results in considerable additional travel costs or if you need a special form of assistance (e.g. travel companion) due to a physical impairment.
- Family allowance: In the case of a family move, you can apply for financial support if you are responsible for at least one child under the age of 18 or a person who is demonstrably in need of care and they move with you.
Please note: All eligibility criteria must be met throughout the entire duration of the grant application process and supported measures. Please contact a EURES adviser as early as possible, but at least 20 working days before the planned measure in order to ensure professional advice, to discuss the eligibility requirements and to be able to provide relevant documents (application with necessary attachments, employment contract, language course offers, etc.) in good time.
For more information please download the TMS information leaflets:
TMS funding - For employers in Germany
Do you have a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in Germany and are you are interested in filling vacancies with employees from other European countries? Would you like to support them in their integration into your company and everyday life?
Then perhaps a TMS integration programme for you and your new colleagues is just the right thing. As an SME, you can apply for TMS funding of 1.500€ per newly employed participant in a registered TMS integration programme. The programme consists of a language course component as well as support and assistance in settling into life in Germany and other aspects related to integration.
TMS Integration programmes can be tailored to the needs of the company and the new employees.
... for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and branches (requesting entity) in Germany with a maximum of 250 employees.
- You are looking for employees from other EU countries and co-operate with the Federal Employment Agency in Germany.
- Your new employee is at least 18 years old, is a citizen of one of the 27 EU countries, Norway or Iceland or has a residence permit in one of these countries.
- During the recruitment process, your new employee has already been assisted by a EURES adviser.
- The employment contract lasts at least six months (or the internship lasts at least three months) and the working hours amount to at least 50% of a full-time job.
- The employment is subject to social security, contributions and complies with legal and collective bargaining regulations.
- The integration programme can start within the first three weeks after the start of employment (other elements of the programme are variable).
- The maximum funding amount per company is €30,000 per year.
- No profit may be generated through the funding of the integration programme.
Employers receiving TMS funding are committed to the values of fair mobility and transparent, respectful cooperation with the EURES-TMS consortium and associated partners. We would like to point out that there is no legal entitlement to funding. Applications can be rejected if the eligibility criteria or the values of TMS funding are not met.
- All eligibility criteria must be met throughout the entire duration of the grant application process and supported measures.
Downloads (in German)
Contact for employers
As an employer, please contact your competent employer service in good time, i.e. before recruiting or hiring. Here you will receive information on publishing your vacancies via the EURES portal and support with recruitment issues for hard-to-fill vacancies.
If you want to develop an integration programme for your new employees from other EU countries, we kindly ask you to contact your local employer service at least 20 days prior job commencement. Further on you will receive individual and systematic advice and support from a specialised cooperation partner. This creates good conditions for people to feel comfortable in your company and in their new social environment, but also for your needs to be met in a targeted manner. Please note the application documents have to submitted prior job commencement.
You can search the contact information of the nearest employment agency here.