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Fair Work Incentive

Fair Work Incentive

The Fair Work Incentive is an employer recruitment incentive (ERI) of up to £8,000 which aims to target support at unemployed individuals of working age 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?

The funding offers an employer a tiered amount of up to £8,000 over a period of 52 weeks. The amount you receive is based on the contracted hours for each employee as shown below:

A job where pay is at the Real Living Wage or above 
  • 8-15 contracted hours per week: ERI = £2,000
  • 16-20 contracted hours per week: ERI = £4,000
  • 21-29 contracted hours per week: ERI = £6,000
  • 30+ contracted hours per week: ERI = £8,000

What can the funding be used for?

The Fair Work Incentive can be used to help with the cost 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 and other job-related costs, for example to support flexible working.

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?

Employers from all sectors are eligible for the Fair Work Incentive and there is no restriction on the size of the employer, but priority will be given to private small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations including social enterprises. 

What types of job opportunities are eligible?

  • Jobs must be sustainable for at least 52 weeks and be for 8 hours or more per week
  • 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.

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For Further Information Contact

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