Moray’s Employer Recruitment Incentive

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The Moray  Employer Recruitment Incentive helps people of all ages with the greatest barriers to employment get jobs and stay in jobs. The incentive is coordinated by the Local Employment Partnership, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by the Moray Council.

As a result of the young persons guarantee, we have received a funding boost from Scottish Government to support young people in particular.  This funding is to encourage employers to recruit young people aged 16 – 24 who have had their opportunities disrupted by the covid-19 pandemic.  


Employers from Public, Private and Third sector organisations can apply for this funding. It can provide up to £8000 for newly created jobs. Employers who are successful in applying to the fund receive the money direct.

This employer’s information page summarises the key points of the fund and includes information on the terms and eligibility conditions and a guide to help you complete your funding application.

How does the fund work?

  • We pay the fund directly to employers
  • It applies to new job starts up to 31 March 2022.
  • New employees should not start the post until funding is agreed

For a job to be eligible for funding it must:

  • be a new role in the organisation
  • offer a minimum of 52 weeks employment
  • guarantee a minimum of 16 hours employment each week
  • pay minimum wage rates or higher
  • pay a salary greater than funding received
  • have a contract of employment i.e. permanent contract, a fixed term contract for 52 weeks or more or a fixed term contract for the duration of the apprenticeship. Companies who employ a person on zero-hour contracts will not be eligible
  • and, by law, employees must receive a written contract of employment within two months of starting. (We will need a copy of )

Who can I employ?

You can employ someone who meets all of the following criteria:

  • is unemployed
  • is aged between 16-67 years
  • has the right to live and work in the UK
  • falls within two or more of the fund’s eligible groups.

We’ll give priority to people who have one or more of the barriers in the list below.

1 a person with a disability
2 a care experienced young person
3 a carer of an older person
4 someone with a conviction (including CPOs)
5 someone living in a single adult household with dependent children
6 a person with a long-term health or physical condition
7 a person with a mental health condition
8 an armed forces veteran
9 someone who’s long-term unemployed (six months or over if over 25, 12 months or over if 24 or younger)
10 someone who is employed but on a low income
11 someone who is employed but is able and willing to work more
12 a low skilled person with SCQF Level 4 qualification or below
13 a person with no or limited work experience
14 a school leaver or young person who is not in education, employment or training
15 someone living in a jobless household
16 someone living in a jobless household with dependent children
17 a person who is the primary carer of a child/children under 18
18 a person who is homeless or affected by housing exclusion
19 someone with a substance related condition
20 a refugee, asylum seeker or migrant or someone from an ethnic minority or foreign background
21 a person from a rural or remote rural area
22 a person from an employment deprived area

What can I use the fund for?

You can use the fund to help with the costs of recruiting and keeping a person in employment including an apprenticeship for up to 52 weeks. Costs may include:

  • wages
  • additional supervisory costs
  • initial travel to work costs
  • training
  • specialist support designed to help a young person sustain a post past 52 weeks
  • other job-related costs.

What does the fund offer?

The fund offers an employer a tiered amount of up to £6,000 over a period of 52 weeks for up to two employees. This is based on the hourly rate of pay and contracted hours for each employee as shown in the table below:

Type of Job


A part-time job on minimum wage - 16-24 contracted hours per week, paid at an hourly rate between National Minimum Wage and Real Living Wage rates


A part-time job on real living wage - 16-24 hours at Real Living Wage rates or above


A full-time job on minimum wage - 25 hours or above between National Minimum Wage and Real Living Wage rates


A full-time job on real living wage - 25 hours or above at Real Living Wage rates or above


Application Guide & Conditions

  • Funding is not guaranteed – we assess applications on a case by case basis. You cannot employ a person before submitting a funding
  • You cannot apply for funding for someone who is already in post. It must be for a new job and the person must be out of work at the time of applying. The employee cannot start the post until funding is approved.
  • We will score your application based on the information you provide, so please ensure you give us as much detail as possible to get the best possible score. If information is missing, we will need to ask you to provide this which will delay the process for you.
  • We aim to score your application and let you know the outcome of this within 5 working days.
  • We will use your information to process your application form and, if unsuccessful, we will remove it from our systems. If you would like to remain on our mailing list, please make sure you ‘opt in’ on the application

You can email us for further help with the application form attached:

  • Please give us as much detail as possible in your application. This will allow us to make sure we base our decisions on accurate information to avoid disappointment further down the recruitment process.
  • Please make sure you answer all the questions. You will need to outline the economic and employment benefits of your application. Here are some suggestions:


  • Economic Benefits – how does your organisation/how will this job contribute to the Moray economy? Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community where the business operates. Small businesses also help stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities to people who may not be employable by larger corporations. How will the employee contribute to business growth? Will having an additional member of staff allow you to increase workload/output?
  • Sector potential for growth – What is the predicted growth of the sector over the next few years? Are you expecting an increase in demand for your goods or service? Why?
  • Employability Benefits – what training and qualifications will the employee gain? What are the employee’s prospects beyond this post once they have completed 52 weeks of employment? Will skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience gained by the employee help them to find work elsewhere beyond this employment?
  • Contract – please make sure you answer this
  • Salary – please make sure you answer these


  • Return the application to so that we can assess and score
  • We will send you an email stating whether your application is successful or not. If it is successful, you will need to return a signed acceptance form. Once we receive this, we will send you a formal offer of the grant.
  • We will then advertise your vacancy on your portal and you will carry out your selection process and make an offer of employment to the successful candidate.
  • We need to show how Moray Employer Recruitment Incentive funding is allocated and spent. We will therefore need all applicants and recipients to comply with the Scottish Government and Moray Council’s application, monitoring and finance
  • When we receive your vacancy we will put this onto our jobs portal via the Moray Pathways website, the link will then be made public to all individuals to apply and can be promoted by your organisation. The applicants must meet the eligibility criteria ( see Appendix 1 for eligibility criteria)
  • Once your job is uploaded to our portal we will provide you with login details. You can access your employer area via by clicking here
  • Once your employee is in post, we will need to meet with you both to complete the final paperwork for this stage. We are required to record information about the job and the employee on our management information system.
  • Before your employee starts work, an allocated key worker will meet with you and your employee to complete a learning plan for your employee. These are goals that your employee will work towards as part of their job and any other goals which helps them with their training and development.  
  • The key worker will carry out regular reviews throughout the 52 weeks and will arrange a suitable time for this with you and the employee
  • We will need a copy of your employee’s employment contract within two months of their start
  • To receive payment from us, we will require you to submit payslips and an invoice.
  • All applications and vacancy information for phase 1 of the young person gurantee funding to be received before 31 March 2021.
  • All applications for jobs starting within the incentive period must be completed, approved and the individual started their employment by 31 March 2022.
  • We will pay employers direct providing they send us the necessary documentation following the payment schedule below. This schedule starts from your employee’s first day of employment. We will only make a payment if the employee completes each

Payment Due Date

Award Amount

Award Amount

Award Amount




4 weeks after employment start date – No payment for less than 4 weeks




13 weeks after employment start date – No pro-rata payment between 4 – 13 weeks




52 weeks after employment start date – No

pro-rata payment between 13 – 52 weeks





When a payment is due, the invoice needs to be emailed and copy of their payslips.  For each payment you will need to send us:


  • payslips to cover the full stage period (4 weeks, 13 weeks and 52 weeks)


  • Please return these documents to: We cannot make a payment until after each payment stage has been completed. Before we can make any payments, you must complete and return all required paperwork to

Employers must pay at least the minimum or living wage to new starts to be eligible to apply for the fund. These are the current rates as of 1 July 2020:


National Minimum Wage



Age 25 and over

Age 21 to


Age 18

to 20

Under 18


April 2020 (current rate)






Real Living Wage Rates

Nov 2020 (must be paid by 1 May 2021)

£9.50 for 18 years and older



Please note that under European Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013, the incentive funding is de minimis aid. This means you need to give details of any award to any grant funder who asks for information about de minimis aid you have received in the past three years. You can find out more about de minimis aid and the rules that apply on the Scottish Government’s website.

Who you can employ and about the barriers

You can employ someone who meets all four of the following criteria:

  • is unemployed
  • is aged between 16-67 years
  • has the right to live and work in the UK
  • falls within two or more of the fund’s eligible

See the list below for some of the eligible groups:

1.       Disabled and or D/deaf person (includes those experiencing mental health issues and those who have an impairment or long-term health condition)

2.       Care experienced young people

3.       Lone Parent

4.       Person with a conviction (including CPO’s)

5.       Person aged over 50 years

6.       Primary Carer

7.       Person with no or limited work experience

8.       Early leavers from the armed forces, veterans, and ex-forces personnel

9.       Long-term unemployed (6 months or over) who are not on Community Work Placements

10.   Person who has failed their ESA Work Capability Assessment

11.   People from Ethnic Minority backgrounds and racial groups, with a targeted approach informed by local population data.

12.   Gypsy/travelling community

13.   Partner of current or ex-Armed Forces personnel

14.   Person requiring support with language, literacy, or numeracy, including those for whom English is an additional language

15.   Low skilled [1]

16.   A young person who was receiving additional support for learning in school

17.   Refugee or other granted leave to stay in the UK

18.   Homeless person (including temporary or unstable accommodation)

19.   Person affected by substance misuse.

20.   Living in a household with children in poverty

21.   Person living in the 15% most employment deprived SIMD geographies (see ESF Scottish Local Authority Employment Deprived Area Postcodes list).

22.   Person living in an area defined as “rural area[2]” or “very remote rural[3]

23.   Living in a jobless household

24.   Young person at risk of becoming NEET [4]

[1] A person with SCQF level 4 or below

[2] a person residing in thinly populated areas according to the Degree of urbanisation (DEGURBA category 3) classification. Thinly populated areas means that more than 50% of the population lives in rural grid cells

[3] a person residing in the Scottish Government 8 fold Urban Rural Classification (see ‘Rural Area Rating’ column on ESF Scottish Local Authority Rural Area Postcode list)

[4] A young person aged 16-19 years old who is not engaged in education, employment or training

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