The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a range of measures designed to support businesses, create jobs and help people back into work.
The plans include a £1,000 employer bonus for each furloughed employee retained beyond January next year, as well as the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to fund high quality six-month work placements for 16-24-year-olds. The REC welcomed the measures as the jobs-focused response it had been calling for on behalf of the industry.
But the headline announcement for recruiters came in the form of the Job Finding Support Scheme – a £40 million fund for the delivery of employment support services through the private sector. The scheme is the result of months of collaboration between the REC, its members, and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Under the plans, job seekers who have been unemployed for less than three months will be able to access online, one-to-one advice to help them find jobs, write CVs, prepare for interviews, and explore options for building skills.
“As the country faces a jobs crisis, it’s great to see the government is listening to our advice and turning to the recruitment industry as jobs experts who can help people back into work,” said Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC. “There are two clear benefits to this – immediate professional support for the unemployed from recruiters who are ready to go. Secondly, it will mean a more robust recruitment industry, better able to do what it does best and help drive unemployment down over the long term.”
John-Paul Marks, Director General Work and Health Services at the DWP said: “Our continued partnership with REC members in communities across the UK has never been more important as we support every jobseeker to find quality work and get back on their feet. We look forward to working closely with the REC as we take the next important steps forward and deliver more together.”
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