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Employment Schemes

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what job outcome evidence her Department has collected for (a) the day one offer, (b) the six month offer, (c) support for unemployed professionals and executives and (d) the Flexible New Deal since that scheme was introduced. (309339)

Information on job outcomes as a direct consequence of the day one offer, which includes support for unemployed professionals and executives, is not available.

The six month offer has a number of elements including the recruitment subsidy, self-employment credit, work-focused training and volunteering. Official statistics were published on 20 January 2010 which showed that between April 2009 and October 2009:

15,530 jobseeker’s allowance customers have used the recruitment subsidy;

5,310 jobseeker’s allowance customers have taken up the self- employment credit.

The first statistics on work-focused training were published on 17 February 2010. We are investigating the feasibility of reporting work-focused training job outcomes for future publications of six-month offer statistics. We are also looking into how we can calculate job outcomes for the volunteering offer as part of the official statistics publication.

The flexible new deal started on 5 October and official statistics will be available from autumn 2010.