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Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI)

9 May 2017

Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) continues to deliver the Scottish Government's (SGs) commitment to target support at unemployed young people aged 16-29 with the greatest barriers to employment. The Incentive has been developed to integrate and link fully with the SG's existing employability and skills programmes. The primary focus is on supporting disadvantaged young people into employment.  

Fund Offer

The fund offers an employer a basic grant amount of £4,000 over a period of 52 weeks.  An employer who pays the living wage will also be entitled to claim an additional payment of £500 at the end of the 52 weeks.  The payment plan is:

  • After 4 Weeks - £600
  • After 13 Weeks - £1,400
  • After 52 Weeks - £2,000
  • Total basic grant - £4,000
  • Living Wage Bonus Payment - £500

An employer will be available to use the fund as a contribution to the additional costs of recruiting and sustaining a young person in employment, including a Modern Apprenticeship, for up to 52 weeks.  The incentive could be utilised in several ways such as for additional supervisory costs, training, initial travel to work costs or wages. No single use is prescribed.

The funding could be used by the Employer to pay for specialist, person-centred support. It is designed to help the young person sustain the post past 52 weeks.

The incentive is available from 8 May 2017. All applications for jobs starting within the Incentive period must be completed and approved by 31 January 2018.

The incentive will be funded by the Scottish Government and managed and administered by Skills Development Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council. 

For more information or an application pack please contact wage.incentives@edinburgh.gov.uk / 0131 529 3233. 

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