Jobcentre Plus help for recruiters

3. Work trials

A work trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job.

Once agreed with Jobcentre Plus, you can offer a work trial if the job is for 16 hours or more a week and lasts at least 13 weeks. The work trial can last up to 30 days.

Some of the benefits are:

  • it’s risk free - you can try the person out before making a final decision
  • you know they’re committed because they’re volunteering to do it
  • there are no wage costs - people continue to get their benefits
  • there’s very little paperwork and it’s fuss-free

The conditions for a work trial are:

  • the duration of the trial must be agreed in advance
  • the jobseeker must meet eligibility conditions and volunteer to take part - Jobcentre Plus will check this for you

Call the Employer Services Line to find out more.