The Pillar establishes a set of rights for all jobseekers, regardless of their employment status. The focus is on the provision of assistance to find work, which can include employment services, such as job-search counselling and guidance, or participation in 'active measures', such as training, hiring subsidies or re-insertion support. These rights go beyond Article 29 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which refers only to the right to a free placement service. Assistance to engage in self-employment is also a significant extension of the existing acquis.
Three elements are central to these rights: early intervention, individualised assistance and support in enhancing employability. The latter element – based on a right to receive support for training or for obtaining new qualifications – is crucial in view of adapting to a rapidly changing labour market.
Today’s workers change jobs more frequently than in the past, and existing training or social protection entitlements should not discourage such mobility. The Pillar affirms the transferability of workers’ accrued training or social protection entitlements when they change employment status or employer, entering or returning from career breaks or moving between employment and self-employment.
Regarding young people, the Pillar recalls the main lines of the Youth Guarantee Recommendation extending their application to all young people.
For people in unemployment, the Pillar provides for a right to personalised support, which incorporates the ideas of individualised in-depth assessment, counselling and guidance. The consistency refers to continuity in support e.g. when eligibility for unemployment benefits end, including the provision of other measures such as social services to address barriers to finding work. For those in long-term unemployment, understood as unemployment lasting more than twelve months, it provides for a right to personalised support, which incorporates the ideas of individualised in-depth assessment and the job integration agreement referred to in Council Recommendation of 15 February 2016 on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market.