Kickstart Scheme

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 4 April 2022.

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Photo of Selaine Saxby Selaine Saxby Conservative, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart scheme placements have been (a) approved, (b) advertised and (c) started by young people by (i) nation, (ii) region and (iii) sector as of 31 March 2022.

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

As of the 31st March 2022, around 160,000 Kickstart jobs have been started by young people. The last Kickstart jobs were started by young people on this date and we expect the number of starts to increase further as employers report commencement of employment.

We have previously published the number of jobs approved and advertised as of 31st January, here: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2022-01-31/114956. At that point, over 235,000 jobs had been advertised and over 305,000 had been approved. Kickstart has now closed to employer applications and as of March, all approved jobs proceeding to the advertisement stage, have been advertised. As such, these totals will not increase further.

Below are tables listing the number of Kickstart jobs which have been made available and started by young people to date by geographical area of Great Britain and work sector. The figures used are correct as of the 31st March 2022 and these figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Jobs made available (advertised) and job starts quoted here include some unfunded Kickstart jobs. Also included in the Great Britain total are a small number of jobs made available (less than 100 in total) that have an unrecorded job location.

The number of approved jobs is defined as the number of jobs associated with approved applications recorded on the Kickstart application system on the date above. This total excludes approved jobs that have been withdrawn from the Kickstart Scheme by agreement with employers and gateways. This is generally because, over time, some previously approved jobs were removed where the employer chose not to follow up the application.

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.

Table 1: Number of Kickstart total available jobs and job starts, Great Britain, by nation and region (figures rounded to nearest 100*)

Region / Nation Split

Total jobs made available

Total jobs started

(DATA RETAINED FROM 31/01/22)

(DATA EFFECTIVE 31/03/22)

Total, Great Britain

235,000

159,800

England

204,000

137,600

East Midlands

14,000

10,200

East of England

18,000

11,600

London

51,000

32,100

North East

11,000

7,900

North West

30,000

20,300

South East

26,000

17,100

South West

14,000

9,700

West Midlands

21,000

15,400

Yorkshire and The Humber

19,000

13,400

Scotland

19,000

14,000

Wales

12,000

7,800

Table 2: Number of Kickstart total available jobs and job starts, Great Britain, by Sector (figures rounded to the nearest 10*)

Sector Split

Total jobs made available

Total jobs started

(DATA RETAINED FROM 31/01/22)

(DATA EFFECTIVE 31/03/22)

Administration

57,350

39,370

Animal Care

1,610

1,300

Beauty & Wellbeing

1,720

1,310

Business & Finance

8,500

5,830

Computing Technology & Digital

15,840

12,210

Construction & Trades

7,230

5,100

Creative & Media

20,990

16,480

Delivery & Storage

6,380

4,370

Emergency & Uniform Services

520

340

Engineering & Maintenance

7,080

4,800

Environment & Land

4,620

3,400

Government Services

1,000

690

Healthcare

6,140

3,350

Home Services

1,560

890

Hospitality & Food

26,380

13,780

Law & Legal

650

510

Managerial

960

650

Manufacturing

6,430

4,360

Retail & Sales

34,970

26,060

Science & Research

990

770

Social Care

4,740

2,580

Sports & Leisure

5,920

4,030

Teaching & Education

11,000

6,670

Transport

900

460

Travel & Tourism

1,110

570

* Due to rounding, sum of figures may not match declared total

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