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Jobstart Scheme

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have participated in the 50-plus jobstart scheme in each of the pilot areas; what was the average hourly pay earned by participants, excluding the £20 a week allowance, what was the average amount of hours worked per week by participants; and how many participants remained in employment after the allowance had ceased.

Between the start of the 50-plus Jobstart pilots on 26 June and 15 December 1989 a total of 61 people were accepted on the programme. The breakdown of the number of people on the programme and their average hours and wages by area is as follows:

and Development in respect of some European countries and data for recent quarters are shown in the following table:

Area

Participants

Average hourly wage £

Average hours

Dudley and Sandwell142·0020·0
Leeds272·2018·7
London South12·0020·0
Lothian and Borders192·2717·4