Research and analysis

Youth Contract wage incentive: wave 2 research

The second of 2 waves of research on the experiences of, attitudes towards, and impact of, Youth Contract wage incentives.

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Evaluation of the Youth Contract wage incentive: wave 2 research

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Summary – Evaluation of the Youth Contract wage incentive: wave 2 research

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The government introduced the Youth Contract in April 2012 to improve the employability prospects for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants aged under 25.

Wage incentives are an important part of the Youth Contract. A wage incentive of up to £2,275 is avaiable to employers recruiting a young person who has been claiming JSA for over 6 months or is on the Work Programme

This is one of series of research reports which aims to provide an independent assessment of the implementation and impact of the Youth Contract policies.

The report provides feedback from a survey of employers who have received a wage incentive payment alongside qualitative research with Jobcentre Plus staff. Interviews were carried out in summer 2013. This report complements an early evaluation of the wage incentive published in February 2013.

Other published research about the Youth Contract

Customers’ experiences of the Youth Contract (RR865) (25 February 2014)

Employer perceptions of work experience and sector-based work academies (RR 842) (1 June 2013)

The Youth Contract: Findings from research with Jobcentre Plus staff in 5 case study districts (RR 833) (1 April 2013)

Early evaluation of the Youth Contract wage incentive scheme (RR828) (1 February 2013)

DWP have used findings from the research to inform continuous improvement of the Youth Contract.

Latest Wage incentive statistics

Read the latest statistics on the take-up of the wage incentive

More information about the Youth Contract

Find more information about the Youth Contract at www.dwp.gov.uk/youth-contract/

Published 25 February 2014