News: National Insurance abolished for under 21’s
March 29, 2015
The 2015 budget saw George Osborne announce that from 6 April 2015 National Insurance Contributions for workers under the age of 21 will be abolished...
except for those earning more than £42,285 a year. It’s been reported that employers will save £500 per year for an employee under the age of 21 who earns £12,000, and over £1,000 if the employee earns £16,000.
The changes were made with the view to tackle youth unemployment but may lead to increased discrimination claims where a candidate claims that they have been discriminated against during the recruitment process in the favour of a “cheaper” candidate under 21.
Recruiters should remember not to ask a candidate for their age during the recruitment process, to avoid discrimination claims against them.
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