Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

 the number of hours you spend working for your employer, in a typical week  the number of additional hours you spend learning and training on top of your normal work. This could include attending college, courses, workshops or training sessions at your employer’s premises or held externally, learning at home, learning from workbooks, time with your assessor and time filling in a portfolio.  how much you earn - ideally the amount you earn in gross terms i.e. before tax, national insurance and other deductions. The answers to these questions will enable the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (DWP) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to look at wage levels nationally, measure changes with previous years and monitor whether employers are adhering to the rules on fair pay.

Apprentices selected to take part in the survey will receive a letter prior to receiving a call from one of the researchers.

A similar survey was undertaken in 2014 .

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Apprenticeship levy - Guidance for Software Developers 4 July 2016

HMRC software developer team have published to software developers some early guidance on how the Apprenticeship levy with work.

The guidance includes a number of FAQs along with three examples on how the allowance will be allocated across paybills in the region of £3 million.

SDST Apprenticeship Levy V1.5

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Scotland to consult on the Apprenticeship Levy 4 July 2016

The Scottish Government plans to launch a consultation to seek views on how the UK wide Apprenticeship Levy can enhance productivity and economy growth in Scotland.

The consultation will seek views on:  continued commitment to 30,000 high quality modern apprenticeship starts by 2020 – including an offer to support further opportunities if there is sufficient demand from industry  developing more graduate level apprenticeships  creating an employer fund for wider workforce development  providing support for those outside the labour market to prepare them to enter the skilled workforce employers need for their business.

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn believes that the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy undermines the “uniquely Scottish” approach to modern apprentices.

“The introduction of this Levy is of fundamental concern for us. The UK Government has introduced this Levy without any consultation with Scotland, despite the fact that apprenticeship policy is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. We believe that this Levy undermines our uniquely Scottish approach to apprenticeships and imposes an unnecessary financial burden on employers. However we are determined to work with industry to ensure that opportunities to enhance workforce skills and productivity sit at the heart of our response to the introduction of the Levy. “We know that businesses need clarity on the way forward. That is why we have already worked with industry to inform how we can best use this levy to support our young people and meet the needs of our business. Over recent months the Scottish Government has been engaging with a range of employers and representatives


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