Human Resources - Administration

A Plan for Jobs – Support for Businesses with Employment


Job Retention Bonus

The Government has introduced a one – off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every Furloughed employee who returns to work and remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.  Along with this, employees must be earning above the lower earnings limit on average between the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the end of January 2021.  It has been announced that these payments will be made from February 2021.  Further detail about the scheme will be made available at the end of July. 

Kickstart Scheme

A scheme designed 16-24-year olds who are on Universal Credit and are considered to be at risk of long-term unemployment.  The scheme is designed to last for 6 months and will fund National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week.  In addition, this will cover the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.  


Traineeships will be subject to a £1,000 per trainee payment, an increase of £111. The Government will expand the eligibility for training to those with Level 3 qualifications. 


Employers will receive a payment of £2,000 for each new apprentice that they hire who is under the age of 25 and £1,500 for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over.   The scheme will run from the 1st August – 31st January 2021.  This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment that the Government already provide for apprentices aged 16-18 and those under 25 with and Educational Health and Care Plan where that applies. 

High value courses for school and college leavers

During the 20/21 academic year the Government will provide additional funding for 18 – 19 year olds to study subjects of high value at Level 2 and 3. 

Various funding for job support services

Includes more work coaches at JobCentre Plus to be employed before the end of the financial year and an increase in the support being offered by the DWP.