Kick Start Scheme

Expected to start in autumn 2020, the Kickstart scheme will see the UK Government funding cover 100% of the minimum wage for 25 hours a week with employers also able to top up wages.

The kickstart scheme will directly pay employers to create new jobs for any 16 to 24-year-old at risk of long-term unemployment. Strict criteria will mean that companies who take part in the scheme will have to prove that the jobs they are making available to applicants are new, are not replacing any already existing jobs and are ‘above and beyond any jobs they were expecting to create’.

Applications for the scheme are expected to open in August 2020, with more information to follow in due course.

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