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Posted on the 14 August 2013 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth
Emailed in by BobE from The Guardian Under the £1bn Youth Contract, companies are paid £2,275 every time they take on a young unemployed person for at least six months. The scheme, championed by Nick Clegg, is meant to find jobs for 500,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 over a period of three years...  Clearly, an unscrupulous employer is going to game the system by taking somebody on for six months, sacking him and then taking on somebody else for six months etc, so obviously, omniscient overlords are keeping a close watch on things to weed out any miscreants...  However, officials are not recording any data on whether these jobs are permanent, a freedom of information request by Labour has established. In a review of the scheme, the government admitted there was "some evidence to suggest that wage incentives were not always being used as intended". It found that some companies were "letting employees go after six months in order to gain from new employees that attracted a new wage incentive payment".

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