Kickstart Scheme

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many kickstart scheme jobs have been (a) approved and (b) started in each region from 6 May 2021 to the most recent date for which information is available.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Between 06/05/2021 and 30/06/2021, over 39,400 new jobs were approved by the Department for Work and Pensions’ Kickstart Scheme. We are unable at present to provide data on the number of approved jobs by region, as at that stage in the process we do not hold information about the exact location of a job, only the head office of the employer.

Between 03/06/2021 and 30/06/2021 an average of 500 young people started a Kickstart job each working day.

The table below shows a breakdown of the increase in starts by location between 06/05/2021 and 30/06/2021. Figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.


New Starts 06/05/2021-30/06/2021

East Midlands


East of England




North East


North West




South East


South West




West Midlands


Yorkshire and The Humber


Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

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