Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new initiative to pay employment experts in the public, private and voluntary sectors to not only get people into work – but to keep them in long-term employment.
The new ‘Commissioning Strategy’, gives a much greater focus on payments by results when awarding welfare-to-work contracts to the public, private and voluntary sectors in Great Britain. The strategy means contractors working together to deliver solutions to the hardest to reach.
Organisations will have to offer jobseekers more creative and innovative ways of helping them to overcome their specific problems.
An increasingly significant proportion of the rewards paid to these specialist providers will be paid when someone has been in work for at least 6 months in the first instance, rising potentially to 18 months further down the line.
This compares to the current system where only the first three months of a person’s employment are taken into account. In return, providers will be rewarded with longer and larger contracts. These contracts will last up to 5-7 years, instead of the current average of 3 years.
David Hanson said:
“Employment opportunities in Flintshire are on the increase and unemployment remains low but it is important that we use all the resources available to get those that can work into employment.
“The private and voluntary sectors already play an important role in delivering the Government’s work programme and it is right that they are rewarded for getting results.
“However I want to see more people in jobs for longer which is why I welcome the initiative to reward providers when someone has been in work for at least 6 months in the first instance, rising potentially to 18 months further down the line.”