The Plan for Jobs provides a number of stimuli to encourage employers to recruit young people. These include incentives aimed at employing unemployed young people and recruiting trainees and apprentices. Tristram Hooley provides analysis of what this might mean for your business.
ISE has launched an employer survey to look at employer engagement with the Plan for Jobs.
The following insights are based on ISE’s interactions with employers during the period covered by this briefing.
In general ISE members are suggesting that they are not very likely to engage in any of the schemes announced by the Chancellor as part of the Plan for Jobs.
Firms are generally planning for similar numbers of student recruits next year to those that they recruited this year.
Most firms are still working from home and expecting new hires to do the same. This is working fine for domestic hires who will typically be given two months to move once the return to the office fully begins. International hires are more complex
as there are a range of issues if they remain in their home country e.g. shipping equipment, visas and tax.
Virtual internships are working well. There are some challenges with ensuring sufficient social interaction, but employers are managing these. However, there is not much appetite for internships to remain fully virtual next year, although some employers
are interested in a blended model.