Can we still claim the equivalent pension allowance (AER)?

Verified 01 April 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Exceptional end-of-year assistance

Published on 19 December 2022

End-of-year support is granted to persons receiving the SSA or SSA or the lump sum business resumption or EAR. The aid shall be granted in November or December 2022, subject to conditions. The aid shall be for €152.45 per person. The aid shall be increased by 50%if your household consists of 2 people and 30% plus for each additional person per household.

No, no, no. The Pension Equivalent Allowance (REA), intended for jobseekers who have not reached retirement age but who have completed the quarters required to have a full pension rate, has not been granted since 1er January 2011.

Only persons whose EAR rights were opened before 1er January 2011 shall continue to receive it until the expiry of their rights.

There are 2 types of AER:

  • Replacement EAR paid, replacing the specific solidarity allowance (SSA) or the RSA: titleContent, to jobseekers who have exhausted their rights to the return-to-employment assistance (ARE) allowance
  • Supplementary AER paid to jobseekers in addition to the AER where the amount of the AER is less than the amount of the AER
Replacement AER

€39.28 per day.

The monthly amount shall be equal to the daily amount multiplied by the number of days in the month concerned, i.e. €1,178.50 for a month of 30 days.

The amount of the monthly allowance depends on the resources of the applicant and the person with whom they live in a relationship. All resources subject to income tax are taken into account.

The amount withheld is the 12thè resources received during the 12 months preceding the month of the application.

The following resources are excluded from the calculation of annual resources:

  • Unemployment or solidarity benefits (SSA,RSA: titleContent)
  • Family benefits
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Traineeship and activity earnings in the 12 months preceding the application for the EAR

The monthly amount of the AER varies if the person is alone or in a couple.

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For a single person

The monthly amount of the EAR for a single person depends on his monthly resources.

Tableau - AER amount per month based on monthly resources

Monthly Resources

Monthly EAR amount

Less than or equal to €707.10

€1,178.50

Between €707.10 and €1,885.59

Difference between €1,885.59 and the resources

Greater than €1,885.59

No AER

In the event of the resumption of a reduced or occasional professional activity, the monthly amount of the EAR shall be reduced. The number of days not compensated shall be calculated as follows:

0.60 x (gross remuneration / €39.28).

For a couple

The monthly amount of the EAR for a single couple depends on their monthly resources.

Tableau - Amount of the EAR per month according to the couple's monthly resources

Monthly Resources

Monthly EAR amount

Less than or equal to €1,532.04

€1,178.50

Between €1,532.04 and €2,710.54

The amount of the AER varies according to the income of the spouse, partner or partner of Civil partnerships (unemployment benefits, traineeship remuneration).

3 cases:

- no income: AER = Difference between €2,710.54 and the resources

- income above €1,532.04 : AER = Difference between €1,178.50 and the amount of income (except income of the spouse, common-law partner, Civil partnership partner)

- income below €1,532.04 : AER = Difference between €2,710.54 and the amount of income (including the income of the spouse, cohabiting partner, Civil partnership partner)

Greater than €2,710.54

No AER

In the event of the resumption of a reduced or occasional professional activity, the monthly amount of the EAR shall be reduced. The number of days not compensated shall be calculated as follows:

0.60 x (gross remuneration / €39.28).

Complement AER

To qualify for the Supplemental AER, you must have resources less than:

  • €1,178.50 if you live alone,
  • €2,710.54 if you are a couple of whom less than €1,178.50 in a personal capacity.

The Supplementary EAR shall complement the applicant's resources by €1,178.50. The assets of your civil partnership or partner are not taken into account.

Example :

a couple has €2,400 per month of which €900.00 for the applicant for the EAR and €1,500 for the activity of his or her spouse or Civil partnership partner. The amount of the EAR is €278.5 (1 178,50 - 900).

In the event of the resumption of a reduced or occasional professional activity, the monthly amount of the EAR shall be reduced. The number of days not compensated shall be calculated as follows:

0.60 x (gross remuneration / €39.28).

In the 2 cases

The EAR is awarded and paid monthly by Pôle emploi for a period of 12 months.

The AER is then renewed under the same conditions as in 1era allocation, if you received the allocation before 1er January 2011.

It is paid monthly by Pôle emploi with a due date (for example, early November for the October allocation).

When the beneficiary of the supplementary AER expires his entitlement to unemployment benefits, his entitlement to the AER shall be calculated in accordance with the rules on the replacement AER.