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Thursday 23 August 2012

Many firms 'unaware' of employment incentives

A significant proportion of the nation's employers are either unaware of or will not be making use of the government’s Youth Contract scheme, according to a new survey carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

As thousands of young people leave education to look for jobs this summer, the REC's latest JobsOutlook survey of employers found that four out of five firms will not be making use of the programme.

The programme, which offers a £2,275 incentive to organisations that hire a young person, was unknown to 31 percent of employers polled, with an additional 36 percent stating that they knew of the scheme but didn't intend to act on it.

Another 11 per cent of respondents were unsure whether they had heard about the incentive scheme or would make use of it, with just 22 per cent of managers saying they intended to take on a young worker under the programme.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said it is clear that the government’s "good intentions" on youth employment are not hitting the mark if four out of five employers are not taking up the opportunity of a financial incentive to take on a young worker.

"So as more young people leave school and college to enter the already competitive labour market, it's vital that any government interventions are successful in supporting them into work," he explained.

Mr Green said the survey indicates that the coalition is not getting the message across to employers about why and how they should take part in initiatives such as the Youth Contract.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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