§ Mr. Michael Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average cost to public funds of providing one job under the job creation programme; and what is the average wage received by a person employed under this programme.
§ Mr. Golding
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the 471W average gross cost to public funds of providing one job under the job creation programme is £1,452. Taking into account the return to the Exchequer in taxes and national insurance contributions, savings in unemployment benefit and social security payments, the net cost is estimated to be about £600. A recent sample survey of JCP employees indicated that the average weekly wage was £36.