Wage incentives could be yours when you take on an 18 to 24 year old who has been claiming benefits for at least six months. Wage incentives are available through Jobcentre Plus across England, Scotland and Wales. They are also available if you take on a young person from the Work Programme, delivered by the private, public and voluntary sector to help individuals at risk of becoming long-term unemployed into work. In addition, wage incentives are available for taking on a young disabled person from the Work Choice programme.
If you take on a young person for 16 hours or more each week in a job lasting more than 26 weeks then you could claim an incentive.
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.
To read more about this initiative please click on the link Department of Work and Pensions Cash Incentives