In April 2016, employers’ National Insurance Contributions (NICs) were abolished for employers of apprentices under the age of 25. In their 2017 manifesto, the government proposed a similar measure, offering a year off paying NICs for companies employing people who typically find it hard to get into employment (such as people who have been unemployed for over a year, or have a criminal record).
Currently there is no evidence of any plans to fulfil this promise. In May 2018 the government published new guidance on employing prisoners and ex-offenders, but no mention was made of an ‘NIC holiday’ for employers.
We’ll keep monitoring the progress of this policy, but for now it’s ‘not started’. Follow this policy for updates.