Employers in the healthcare sector have massively applied for healthcare bonuses for their staff. The number of applications is much higher than expected, so that the cabinet is estimated to have lost an extra 800 million for this year alone. Insiders confirm a message from RTL Nieuws about this.
At the request of the House of Representatives, the government is granting a bonus of 1000 euros per healthcare worker this year in connection with the corona pandemic. The bonus is intended for people who “have done an exceptional job” and earn no more than twice the average.
Many employers immediately indicated that they find it complicated to distinguish between different employees. That is why they have applied for much broader bonuses.
Originally, the cabinet had reserved 1.4 billion euros for the healthcare bonus, but the total costs will now rise to 2.2 billion for 2020. According to the insiders, this is stated in the autumn memorandum to be published later today. In it, the cabinet reports the windfalls and setbacks.
Next year it is also the intention that the care workers will receive a bonus of 500 euros. On Budget Day, the cabinet still assumed that more than 2 billion euros was needed for both bonuses, but now it appears that this money will already be used up after the first bonus.