Friday, 21 June 2013

Employer wage incentive available from your local Job Centre

Employers who take on young people may be eligible for wage incentives of up to £2,275 each.

Wage incentives are available for employers who recruit an 18-24 year old who has been receiving benefits for at least six months through Jobcentre Plus.

Wage incentives are also available through Work Programme and Work Choice providers.
> Wage incentives available through the Work Programme
> Wage incentives available through Work Choice

How does the wage incentive scheme work?

The wage incentive is available if you employ someone for 16 hours or more each week in a job lasting more than 26 weeks. There are two rates:

  • for part-time work between 16 and 29 hours a week - £1,137.50
  • for full-time work of 30 hours or more a week - £2,275
This will be paid 26 weeks after the employee starts work. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can claim a part payment eight weeks after the employee starts work.

Who can claim a wage incentive?
Wage incentives are primarily available to private, voluntary and community sectors and social enterprise employers. Central government departments, their executive agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) will be excluded from claiming them, however the wider public sector such as NHS trusts, will not.

I'm interested in employing a young person using the wage incentive, what do I do next?
Contact Jobcentre Plus or one of your local Work Programme providers, they will give you further information, advice on the eligibility conditions and support to identify the right person.

Employing a young person using a wage incentive through the Work Programme
> Local Work Programme providers' contact details

Employing a young person using a wage incentive through Jobcentre Plus
  • Phone: 0845 601 2001 (option 2)
  • Text phone: 0845 601 2002 (for people with speech or hearing impairments)

If you are an employer in the Glasgow area, contact Rhonda Rafique on 0141 636 8396 or
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