Skills and Training

Employer Recruitment Incentive

Angus Employer Recruitment Incentive

Employer Recruitment Incentives (ERIs) are to help stimulate demand in the labour market while also protecting, supporting, and creating good quality jobs that support a greener, fairer, and stronger labour market. ERIs also play an important role in supporting those with the greatest barriers to employment, to enable them to obtain and remain in sustainable employment.

Employer Recruitment Incentives have been developed to integrate and link fully with existing employability and skills programmes and are available to use as a contribution to the additional costs of recruiting and sustaining eligible individuals in employment. ERIs can be utilised in several ways such as additional supervisory costs, training, initial travel to work costs, specialist in work support, or wages.

ERIs will provide and protect employment opportunities for those with the greatest barriers to employment, to enable people to obtain and remain in sustainable employment. It will support local people, employers and a fairer and stronger labour market.

As an employer receiving ERI support, you have a commitment to invest in and improve outcomes for individuals. All employers in receipt of an ERI should promote and embed fair work in line with the Fair Work First Guidance. In order to do so, we ask employers to complete and sign our Angus Council Employers Commitment.

ERI Objectives

The objectives of ERI are to provide consistency across Scotland with flexibility to adapt to local circumstances enabling a responsive approach which meets the needs of individuals and employers.

ERI aims to positively contribute to a fairer more inclusive economy and to help address many of the deep-seated challenges of inequality and disadvantage within the Scottish labour market. They prioritise an inclusive approach to ensure that no one is left behind, including those who were already further from the labour market prior to the impact of Covid-19.

Who can I employ?

You can employ someone who is a resident of Angus, is unemployed and who meets the eligibility barrier criteria (see below).

Angus Council will pay the fund directly to employers on an instalment basis (see below). New employees must 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, not to cover sickness/maternity or a redundant post.

Offers must be for a minimum of 52 weeks employment.

By law, employees must receive a written contract of employment within two months of starting (we will need a copy of this).

What does the fund offer?

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

A part-time job on minimum wage 16-25* contracted hours per week, paid at an hourly at National Minimum Wage – £2,000

A part-time job on Real Living Wage – 16-25 hours at real Living Wage rates or above – £4,000

A full-time job on minimum wage – 25 hours or above at National Minimum Wage** – £4,000

A full-time job on real living wage – 25 hours or above at Real Living Wage rates or above – £6,000

* under 18 – 17 hours or above
** under 18- 34 hours or above

How do we pay the grant funding?

Please see payment schedule below:

Payment Due Date Award £2,000 Award £4,000 Award £6,000
8 weeks after employment start date –

No payment for less than 8 weeks

£500 £500 £1000
16 weeks after employment start date –

No pro-rata payment between 8-16 weeks

£500 £500 £1500
26 weeks after employment start date –

No pro-rata payment between 16-26 weeks

£500 £1000 £1500
26 weeks after employment start date –

No pro-rata payment between 16-26 weeks

£500 £2000 £2000

ERI Criteria

Individuals are eligible for Employer Recruitment Incentive support if they are unemployed and meet one or more of the following barriers to employment criteria:

  • Disabled (those who have an impairment or long-term health condition)
  • Experiencing mental health issues
  • Care experienced young people
  • Primary Carer
  • Person with a conviction (including CPO’s)
  • Person aged over 50 years
  • No or limited work experience
  • Early leavers from the armed forces, veterans, and ex-forces personnel
  • Long-term unemployed
  • Person who has failed their ESA Work Capability Assessment
  • People from Ethnic Minority backgrounds and racial groups, with a targeted approach informed by local population data.
  • Gypsy/travelling community
  • Partner of current or ex-Armed Forces personnel
  • Person requiring support with language, literacy, or numeracy, including those for whom English is an additional language
  • Lone parent
  • Low skilled
  • A young person who was receiving additional support for learning in school
  • Refugee or other granted leave to stay in the UK
  • Homeless person (including temporary or unstable accommodation)
  • Person affected by substance misuse.
  • Living in a household with children in poverty
  • Person living in the 15% most employment deprived SIMD geographies (see ESF Scottish Local Authority Employment Deprived Area Postcodes list).
  • Person living in an area defined as “rural area” or “very remote rural”.
  • Living in a jobless household Armed Forces Veteran

Contact us

You can contact a Skills Adviser by calling 01307 492039. The team can also be contacted via email on