We outlined the new Kickstart scheme on 3 September 2020. Under this scheme the Government will provide funding for employers to take on new employees who are aged 16 to 24, for a six-month work placement. The grant covers the employee’s wages at the NMW rate for 25 hours per week, plus employer’s NI and pension contributions. The employer will also receive up to £1500 to cover administration costs.
We were disappointed that the Kickstart scheme seemed to shut out smaller employers, because the minimum number of jobs that can be offered by each employer, or group of employers, under the scheme is 30. However, since the launch of the scheme a large number of organisations have come forward to help small businesses take on fewer than 30 new employees by acting as an intermediary.
You can search the list linked to below for local organisations acting as Kickstart intermediaries or “gateways” in your area and direct clients towards their local provider.
In addition, the Federation of Small Businesses (FBS) has partnered with Adecco Working Ventures to act as a Kickstart gateway for any small business. This service will provide all the administration for the scheme, including payroll, and there is a rather slick website to sign up for further information.