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Businesses offer 21,000 jobs with support of the wage incentive

The government's wage incentive scheme has encouraged UK businesses to offer over 21,000 jobs to young people at risk of long term unemployment.

The government’s wage incentive scheme has encouraged UK businesses to offer over 21,000 jobs to young people at risk of long term unemployment, according to figures released recently (22 July 2013).

The scheme, which offers businesses up to £2,275 for taking on a young person who has been out of work for at least 6 months, or is attached to the Work Programme, is part of the cross-government Youth Contract package of measures to tackle youth unemployment. Since the scheme’s launch in April 2012, youth unemployment has fallen by 59,000 and the number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is down by over 67,000.

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