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 Moray Pathways local employability partnership, funded by the Scottish Government, and administered by the Moray Council.

Employers from Public, Private and Third sector organisations can apply for this funding. It can provide up to £10,000 for newly created job placements. Employers who are successful in applying to the fund receive the money direct.

Please note, a Moray Pathways Key Worker will also be available to support the person’s development throughout the opportunity.

The fund will support individuals within the following target groups agreed by the Moray Pathways local employability partnership:

  • Long-term unemployed
  • Physical and mental health conditions, including disabilities
  • Low income families and lone parents with children experiencing poverty
  • Care Experienced young people
  • Minority Groups
  • Veteran

Fund Criteria

To apply for this fund which will be issued on a first come first serve basis.  The job role(s) must be a new and additional opportunity within your organisation, which will not duplicate, displace, or substitute existing jobs or provision.

The position created must be in line with the Fair Work First Guidance which you can find here and the employees must be paid the real living wage rate of pay set at £9.90.   You can apply for a maximum of 2 positions.

Employers have maximum flexibility in creating and delivering the opportunity to ensure the individual is best supported and must follow these requirements:

  • The duration of the job role is minimum of 6 months
  • The hours can be variable depending on the agreement made and can increase over the duration of the placement
  • Vocational qualifications offered

 

who can I employ?

You can employ someone with the MERI funding who meets at least one of the below criteria:

  • Long-term unemployed ( unemployed for a minimum of 12 months )
  • People of all ages with physical and mental health conditions, including disabilities
  • Low income families and lone parents with children experiencing poverty
  • Care Experienced young people
  • Minority Groups
  • Veteran

funding

The maximum funding that can be claimed is £10,000. Each opportunity attracts a notional unit cost to a maximum of £10,000. This notional unit cost is made up of salary costs plus additional costs and is based on 30 hours x 26 weeks (£384.60 per week or an hourly rate of £12.82). The costs will vary against number of hours/weeks/ additional costs associated with delivery/support offered. Any queries prior to application, please email moraypathways@moray.gov.uk

Costs can cover:

  • wages
  • additional supervisory costs
  • initial travel to work costs
  • training
  • specialist support designed to help a person sustain the post beyond the funding period
  • other job-related costs.
 

An example:

  • if you employ an individual for 30 hours per week for up to 26 weeks/6 months the employer would receive £12.82 per hour to cover both salary and other costs. This would equate to £384.60 per week and £10,000 for the total 26 weeks.
  • if you employ an individual for 15 hours per week for 52 weeks/1 year the employer would receive £12.82 per hour to cover both salary and other costs. This would equate to £192.30 per week and £10,000 for the total 52 weeks.
 

The funding will be paid in arrears and will only be processed once an invoice is sent to the Moray Council to claim back the actual costs incurred by the employer.  An invoice template will be provided and must be completed, along with the employee payslips.  As previously stated, the Real Living Wage of £9.90 must be paid. Please note the payment in arrears may take up to 30 days to be processed from the date the invoice and payslips are submitted. By law, employees must receive a written contract of employment within two months of starting which you must provide to the MERI scheme administrator

How to Apply

If you can offer an opportunity, please submit an application form and a placement vacancy form via the apply button at the top/bottom of this page. Please provide as much detail as possible on what the opportunity will entail, answer the questions in full detailing how you will support the employee. If approved there will then be a partnership approach with your organisation to match an individual who would benefit from your opportunity.

If the matching process is unsuccessful then your opportunity will then be advertised via the Moray Pathways job page and promoted on social media for individuals to apply. When an application is received and eligibility checked, the Moray Council will be in touch with you to see if they are a suitable candidate for your organisation.

 Please note a range of partners from the Moray Pathways network (Keyworkers, Job Coaches and Careers Advisers) work closely with people who are aged 25+ and long-term unemployed and will support a match that works best for both the individual and your organisation.

Please note a range of partners from the Moray Pathways network (Keyworkers, Job Coaches and Careers Advisers) work closely with clients from within the target groups and they will support a match that works best for both the individual and your organisation.

Once your application is received, we will take up to 10 working days to get back to you with a decision via email.  We will contact you if we require any additional information.

Application Process

1. Submit completed Application Form and Placement Opportunity template
2. Application scored within 10 working days
3. Formal grant offer provided
4. Partnership work with Keyworkers, Job Coaches and Careers Advisers to match suitable people into opportunities
5. Support to advertise vacancies on our job portal which are not matched
6. Referral form received with employee information
7. Employee contract issued
8. Monthly invoices (in arrears) submitted to the Moray Council and paid (evidence of payslips provided)

Funding Conditions

  • Funding is not guaranteed – we assess applications on a case-by-case basis
  • You cannot apply for funding for someone who is already in post. It must be for a new job
  • 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 10 working days
  • We will use and store 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

Help

If you require any additional advice on this fund, please contact Moraypathways@Moray.gov.uk .

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