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Employers

Business eligibility to take part in the scheme

Your business must be based on the Isle of Man and/or the work offered through the scheme must be undertaken locally. You must also meet the conditions outlined above for employers.

Applying

Apply online using this link.

Where your application goes

Your application will be initially received by the Social Security team who will check you are eligible to take part in the scheme. It will then be forwarded to the agency who will contact you directly.

Next steps

Paragon Recruitment will contact you, and once they understand your requirements they will then match potential employees to your vacancy and provide you with a selection of CVs to review. You will then be able to select the chosen employee via your normal recruitment process.

How much to pay my employees and how much you can claim back

Provided it is above minimum wage for the employee's age, you can pay them whatever you want.

Upon the submission of an invoice, you will be able to claim up to 70% of their salary and NI costs up to the rate of living wage which is £10.19 per hour.

You can pay more than this if you want to, or if the job warrants a higher level of pay.

Once you have employed an individual through the scheme you will be entitled to the wage subsidy. You can claim this at any time after the end of each month and once received we will aim to process and pay it within 15 working days.

Please bear in mind that there is a time limit within which claims can be made and that the completed forms must be submitted within 3 months of the tax week for which the payment is claimed.

Amount of hours your employee can work

You can offer as many hours as you like, however, you will only be able to claim support from the scheme for up to of 35 hours per week.

If things don’t work out with your employee

We would encourage you to work closely with the agency in relation to any issues as early as possible to give us the best chance of helping to resolve them so that the employment can continue.

The individual will be a direct employee of yours and so should be treated with the same level of fairness and understanding as a regular team member. You will need to comply with Manx Employment Law and your own internal policies.

If you want to discuss your options in confidence, you can contact the Manx Industrial Relations Service for advice on 672942 or email: iro@mirs.org.im.

If there are any changes to the contract of employment, you must let the agency and The Treasury know. You can contact The Treasury on Restart@gov.im.

After the scheme ends

We hope that you will retain your employee after the supported period and the full cost of salary and National Insurance contributions would then be met with you in the same way as all other employees.

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