Where an individual is recruited under the government-funded JobStart Scheme, do they acquire the status of an employee and would the statutory rights and obligations of employees apply?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 December 2021
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: National Minimum Wage; JobStart Scheme; Contract of Employment

Employers can apply under the JobStart Scheme for funding to cover the following employment costs:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months (or 9 months for a young person who meets additional criteria)
  • Associated employer National Insurance contributions
  •  Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Employers can stagger the start dates of the job opportunities up until the end of March 2022.

Whilst the Department for Communities (“DfC”) guidance refers to ‘employer’ and ‘employment’, it is not entirely clear whether this means that an individual who is given a

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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