Assessment of work ability

As of 1 January 2017, working ability will solely be assessed by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. If a reassessment of permanent incapacity for work has been scheduled for you in 2017 or thereafter, you must contact the Unemployment Insurance Fund as the date of the reassessment draws closer. Under the new rules, the Unemployment Insurance Fund assesses working ability and pays working ability allowances to those with partial or no working ability.

You can submit an application for assessment of working ability (doc, 412 kB):

  • in the self-service portal of the Unemployment Insurance Fund;
  • at a county office of the Unemployment Insurance Fund with the help of a case manager. As the process of filling in the application takes time (about 1–1.5 hours), you should arrange a meeting in advance by telephone;
  • by sending the application (digitally signed) by e-mail to the general e-mail address of a county office;
  • by sending the application (signed) by regular mail to the general address of a county office.

Upon assessing working ability, your state of health and restrictions on activity and participation arising therefrom are taken into account. This includes an assessment of your physical and mental abilities in different areas.

The assessment of working ability consists of five steps:

  • a visit to a doctor;
  • the submission of an application for assessment of working ability;
  • the preparation of an expert opinion;
  • a decision on the scope of the assessment of working ability;
  • the payment of a working ability allowance and, if necessary, providing you with advice and labour market services to continue working or secure employment.

Read more about the assessment of working ability from the website of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Only the degree of severity of a disability is determined and social benefits are granted by the Social Insurance Board. If you have any questions, call the information line of the Social Insurance Board at 16106 or (+372) 612 1360 or write an e-mail to

If you have any questions about assessment of work ability, call the information line of the Unemployment Insurance Fund at 15501 (when calling from abroad, dial +372 614 8500), contact with them in Skype (tootukassa), or write an e-mail to

Last amended: 23-01-2018 00:00 | Compiled by: Unemployment Insurance Fund