Edinburgh's Employer Recruitment Incentive (EERI)

Funding for employers

We have secured a limited amount of funding through the Scottish Governments No One Left Behind 2019/20 funding stream. The fund will support unemployed people with the greatest barriers to employment find meaningful jobs, including Modern Apprenticeships (MA). This funding replaces the Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) and will be known as No One Left Behind 2019/20 - Edinburgh Employer Recruitment Incentive (EERI).

Fund offer

You can get up to £4,000 when your organisation commits to a new job or new MA in Edinburgh for an eligible person. The funding is a contribution towards the costs of recruiting an individual during their first 52 weeks of sustainable employment. If you pay the real living wage rate or above you are entitled to claim an extra payment of £500 at the end of the 52 weeks.

The funding is available to private or third sector organisations only. The £4,000 total basic funding would be paid as follows

  • £600 after 4 weeks employment
  • £1,400 after 13 weeks employment
  • £2,000 after 52 weeks employment
  • £500 real living wage bonus payment after 52 weeks employment, if applicable.

Further information

The fund can be used to

  • pay wages
  • fund extra supervisory costs
  • offer extra training
  • meet travel to work costs.

The fund is now open for job starts until March 2020.  Applications will be accepted until 25 February 2020 and all employees must be in post by 29 February 2020.


Download the NOLB information pack (PDF, 814 KB)


Due to the limited amount of funding available we deal with applications on a 'first come first served' basis.

The individual you intend to employ has to meet the eligibility criteria. They must have been unemployed before taking up employment with you and have two or more of the barriers listed.

If the employee has started employment with you prior to us giving you a grant acceptance letter they will not be eligible for funding. Our decision is based on the content of your application.


If you have any questions please get in touch.

Edinburgh's Employer Recruitment Incentive (EERI)

Address: The City of Edinburgh Council, 1.4,
Waverley Court,
4 East Market Street,

Telephone: 0131 529 3139