Kickstart Scheme and apprentice incentive payments extended

04 October 2021

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has confirmed that an additional £500 million will be ploughed into an expansion of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

The Kickstart Scheme will be extended until March 2022, and applications from employers and gateways will be accepted up until 17 December 2021. The scheme aims to place those aged between 16 and 24, who are in receipt of Universal Credit, into jobs. Organisations employing Kickstarters can claim back 100% of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW), whichever is applicable, for 25 hours per week for a total of six months. They can also claim back the associated employer National Insurance (NI) contributions and the minimum Automatic Enrolment (AE) pension contributions.

In addition to this, the £3,000 incentive payment awarded to organisations employing apprentices will also be extended to business hires up until 31 January 2022.

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