The Government’s Plan to Further Support Jobs via a Job Retention Bonus

As part of the government’s plan to further support jobs, a Job Retention Bonus will be introduced to help and encourage employers to retain furloughed workers.  For each furloughed employee who is brought back to work and who is still employed as of 31st January 2021, UK employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 per employee.

A new £2 billion ‘Kickstart Scheme’ will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.  Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week.  Employers will be able to top this wage up for additional hours.

A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships to help people looking for a job. Young people, who are amongst the worst hit by the crisis, will benefit from this. This includes:

  • Businesses will be given £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25. This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • A £111 million investment to triple the scale of traineeships in 2020-21 ensuring more young people have access to high quality training.
  • £17 million of funding to triple the number of sector-based work academy placements in 2020-21
  • Nearly £900 million to double the number of work coaches to 27,000;
  • Over a quarter of a million more young people to benefit from an extra £32 million investment in the National Careers Service.

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