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A Plan for Jobs – What you need to know…

Yesterday, the Chancellor announced his “Plan for Jobs” to help spur the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. A number of measures were announced to protect, support and create jobs. The key employment factors are:

Job retention bonus:  There will be a new one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until at least 31 January 2021. Employees must earn above £520 per month on average between the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and 31 January 2021. Payments will be made from February 2021 and further details about the bonus will be announced by the end of July 2020.

Kickstart: A new kickstart scheme in Great Britain will fund the direct creation of six-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employers' NI and the minimum auto-enrolment employer pension contribution.

Traineeships: Employers in England who provide work experience placements for those aged 16-24 on traineeships will receive a payment of £1,000 per trainee.

New apprenticeships: From 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021, employers in England will receive a payment of £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and £1,500 for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over. These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment that the government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices.

If you have any concerns regarding employment law, please contact Lisa Aitken on 07960 469988 or email:

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