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Definition: Employees covered by a Government scheme

Labour market

This indicated whether the employee was covered by any of the following types of government scheme:
 - a total or partial exemption of the social contributions of the employer;
 - a subsidy; 
 - a subsidy for training/apprenticeship.

This related to the individual and not the enterprise. Subsidies paid to the enterprise which could not  be attributed to a particular employee (being calculated on the basis of manpower levels) were not included. Assistance schemes might also include reductions in the employer's or the employee's social security contributions and direct taxes, where the scheme assisted in creating the job or in recruiting the employee.
Eurostat, "Statistics on the structure and distribution of earnings: Methods and definitions", Data 1995, 1998 Edition, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999, p.16