Employer Services & Resources

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is committed to providing services to businesses at no-cost that promote the long-term prosperity of both workers and employers in San Francisco. OEWD offers San Francisco employers services and assistance to attract, grow and retain a diverse workforce. Explore the sections below to learn more about the Workforce Development Division's Business Services Unit’s resources available to you.

Frequently Asked Questions - Business Services (non construction)

- What is the cost for recruiting qualified applicants who have been pre-screened to match my job specifications? 
- Is there funding available to help with hiring candidates?
- Can I get help with finding an intern or apprentice?

To get answers to frequently asked questions and learn more about the types of business assistance we offer, please visit http://oewd.org/frequently-asked-questions-business-assistance. 

First Source Hiring Program

The First Source Hiring Program was created to connect dislocated workers and economically disadvantaged individuals with entry level jobs. These jobs are generated by the City and County of San Francisco's investments. It was enacted into law (Chapter 83 of the City’s Administrative Code) in 1998, and the ordinance was last modified in April 2006. These jobs are generated by the City and County of San Francisco's investments. Click here to learn more.

Recruitment Assistance

Candidate Screening, Referrals and Retention Services

The San Francisco workforce development system actively recruits and trains thousands of local residents every year, preparing them to enter or re-enter the workforce with the most up-to-date skills to benefit local companies across industry sectors. Business Services Specialists can provide you with access to qualified applicants who have been pre-screened for the skills and job duties that you require, including employee retention services.

Job Distribution Services

Employers can direct their employment opportunities to a single point of contact and have their jobs shared across a robust city-wide employment distribution network of community based organizations and workforce service providers. Please contact the Business Services Unit by emailing us at business.services@sfgov.org to learn more.

No-Cost Recruitment Facilities

Put this public space to work for you! OEWD offers customized recruitment assistance services based on the needs of individual business. Our services range from simply presenting qualified and screened candidates that match your job requirements to assisting you in scheduling interviews in our recruitment facilities. Access Points are available to local employers for use in conducting onsite recruitment and interviewing events.

On the Job Training

Hiring and training new staff can be costly, but San Francisco's On the Job Training assistance program can assist you! By hiring eligible San Francisco residents through the workforce development system, employers can be reimbursed for 50% of the wages paid during a contracted training period, up to $6,000 per individual. Click for more info.

Rapid Response: Layoff and Outplacement Response Assistance

In the event of a layoff, free outplacement services can be provided through Rapid Response and Job Transition Assistance Services. These programs help affected employees to more quickly connect with Unemployment Insurance, COBRA, and job transition services such as job counseling, training opportunities, and job placement assistance. Rapid Response services were designed to complement State and Federal WARN Act requirements. Faster transitions to new employment can potentially minimizing the length of unemployment insurance claims. OEWD staff will conduct on-site orientations with our partners from the Employment Development Department and other appropriate agencies to inform your employees about services that can assist them.

Download the PDF icon Business Services Flyer.

For more information on these and other services, you can contact the Business Services Team by emailing business.services@sfgov.org.

Construction Employment Networking Services (CityBuild)

CityBuild's Employment Networking Services connects contractors with qualified San Francisco resident trades workers. CityBuild maintains a database of over 5,000 local workers and can assist contractors in meeting workforce hiring requirements.

Many construction projects in the City and County of San Francisco are covered by workforce hiring policies pertaining to both trade workers and administrative/professional services positions. Each policy has corresponding forms for maintaining compliance as well as for requesting local workers through CityBuild's Employment Networking Services.

CityBuild forms are provided for download as a resource only. It is recommended that you contact the CityBuild project team assigned to your specific project to determine which forms are required.

Not sure who to contact? Please call (415) 701-4848 for more information. Click here for CityBuild Forms.

Local Hire Annual Report for FY2015-2016Local Hire Program

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) administers the Local Hiring Policy for Construction. In December of 2010, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved amendments to Chapter 6.22(g) of the San Francisco Administrative Code and adopted the San Francisco Local Hiring Policy for Construction (“Policy”). The Policy became one of the strongest pieces of legislation in the country to promote the utilization of local residents on locally sponsored projects. Click here to learn more.