Public services provider Serco has been awarded two contracts by the UK Department for Work and Pensions to help people find jobs in the West Central region and Wales as part of Downing Street’s Restart programme.

Serco Group PLC has been awarded two contracts by the UK government Department for Work & Pensions as part of the Restart programme. 

Serco is a Hampshire-based company that provides outsourcing services to governments.

Serco said the Restart programme will help people in the west central region and Wales who have been unemployed for between 12 and 18 months get back into work, including those who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company said it estimates that the combined value over the initial four and a half-year contract period will be around £350 million, dependent on the number of people who find employment. The contract is due to start in June with the first customer referrals coming in July 2021. 

“Serco has extensive experience and a proven track record in employment services, and in managing teams of expert partners, including small companies and charities, who will work with us to achieve positive outcomes both for individual job-seekers and the UK economy more generally,” said Chief Executive Rupert Soames.

Read more about the Restart programme here.