Funding for employers

Employers can get financial support to create new job opportunities for job seekers in East Lothian who are 16+ years of age. East Lothian Council has been awarded grant funding from the Scottish Government and the European Social Fund to manage the delivery of the Employer Recruitment Incentive Scheme.

The funding covers 50 per cent of the national minimum wage according to the employee’s status and/or age – making it more affordable for employers to take on someone as they only have to pay the other 50 per cent.

Jobs created must be additional to the existing workforce and should be offered on the basis that the opportunity is sustainable. Funding is to support people with barriers to employment. Funding will be for a maximum of 26 weeks.

For further information on the fund, please contact the East Lothian Council employability team at East Lothian Works.

Useful Links

Business Gateway

East Lothian Works Blog


Skills Development Scotland

The Guarantee

Work It Database