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DA calls for 'real youth wage subsidy'

18 January 2015  |  Independent Online

South Africa needed a “real youth wage subsidy instead of a watered down incentive scheme” to create jobs and decrease youth unemployment, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. “The report (by the University of Cape Town) supports the DA’s position that Cosatu’s bullying of government into a weaker tax incentive for employing youth, rather than a strong youth wage subsidy, will not have the same impact on creating jobs for young people that South Africa desperately needs,” party parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement. Read more...

Youth wage subsidy shown to have zero effect

13 January 2015  |  Equal Education

Government’s flagship youth employment initiative is a flop. According to a new paper published by researchers at UCT, the Employment Tax Incentive (previously termed the Youth Wage Subsidy), which was introduced on 1 January 2014, is a failure. According to their research it “did not have any statistically significant and positive effects on youth employment probabilities”. Read more...
 

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