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The Fair Work Incentive is an employer recruitment incentive of up to £2,000 which aims to target support at unemployed individuals with the greatest barriers to work to enable them to gain sustainable employment (including Modern Apprenticeships).

The incentive is available to use as a contribution to the additional costs of recruiting and sustaining an eligible recruit during their first 52 weeks of employment.

What funding is available to employers?

Where a company commits to a new job or new Modern Apprenticeship for up to 52 weeks, it will receive up to £2,000. This is only available to employers who pay the National Living Wage (age 25 and over) or the appropriate National Minimum Wage for the relevant age group. In the case of apprentices, the recognised government pay rates for apprentices should be paid. The payment schedule will involve the following milestones:

  • 25% at 4 weeks (£500) – no payment for less than 4 weeks
  • 25% at 13 weeks (£500) – no payment for less than 13 weeks
  • 50% at 52 weeks (£1,000) – no payment for less than 52 weeks

Payment will be made on presentation of evidence that the job has been sustained.

The Living Wage is reviewed each year and the new rate is announced in November during Living Wage Week.  Information on Living Wage rates, National Minimum Wage rates and Apprenticeship Wage rates is available by following the link given.

What can the funding be used for?

The Fair Work Incentive will be available to use as a contribution to the additional costs of recruiting and sustaining an eligible recruit during their first 52 weeks of employment.

How will eligible individuals be matched with jobs?

It is the responsibility of the employer to identify a candidate who meets the eligibility criteria in order to fill the post they are offering.  However, the Clackmannanshire Works team will be able to provide support as and when required.

Other partners and providers may also identify individuals who would benefit from the Fair Work Incentive to help move their clients into work.

Which employers are eligible to apply?

Only small to medium sized companies or organisations from the Private and Third sectors with up to 250 employees will be eligible to access the Fair Work Incentive.   Public sector employers are not eligible to apply.

Employers will not be able to recruit more than 2 people through this Incentive per annum.

What types of job opportunities are eligible?

  • Jobs must be sustainable for at least 52 weeks and be for 16 hours or more per week in line with the Working Time Regulations. There will be flexibility within the rules for individuals with additional support needs to allow hours to be accumulated over a monthly period; 
  • Jobs must be new jobs or new Modern Apprenticeships that would not have been created without access to the Fair Work Incentive. 
  • Individuals recruited through the Fair Work Incentive must receive a written contract of employment (it is a legislative requirement that an employee receives a contract of employment within 2 months of starting).  The employment contract should be a permanent contract, a fixed term contract for 52 weeks or more, or a fixed term contract for the duration of the Modern Apprenticeship.  Jobs with zero hours contracts will not be eligible.


Eligible recruits are those individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK and
  • are currently not engaged in employment, training or education and
  • aged between 16 and 67 who are experiencing at least one barrier to employment for example low skills, limited work experience, etc.

For Further Information Contact

Clackmannanshire Works
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 226699/450000