Lucy Walker Recruitment Founder, Lucy Walker, was live on Sky News on Wednesday morning.

The team from Sky News were keen to understand the impact of Covid-19 on the local economy and were interviewing several local business people from differing backgrounds from the Corn Exchange in Leeds.

Presenter, Jayne Secker, asked Lucy several questions in respect of the economy, furlough measures and the latest initiatives announced by the Government including the Kickstarter scheme.


What is the Kickstarter scheme? 

For each "Kickstarter" job, the government will cover the cost of 25 hours' work a week at the National Minimum Wage - £4.55 for under 18s, £6.45 for 18 to 20-year-olds, and £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds.

Employers will be able to top up that payment if they wish.

The government said it would allow young people "the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of going on to find long-term sustainable work".

The scheme will open for applications in August, with the first jobs expected to start in the autumn, and run until December 2021 - with the option of being extended.


The full interview is below:


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About the Author: Mark Woffenden

Mark Woffenden is a Director at Lucy Walker Recruitment and has an extensive knowledge of the issues and workings of the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Commercial markets developed over the last 20 years in the Industry