Local Hiring

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The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development helps to develop the skills of local job seekers that result in Baltimore City residents filling job openings within the city. 

Baltimore City Local Hiring Law and Employ Baltimore Executive Order 

After a contract is awarded by the City:

The business/vendor meets with MOED Business Services staff to review the workforce staffing needs for the project. It is also an opportunity for businesses to become familiar with MOED’s workforce development services available to them including tax credits, recruitment, pre-screening and training reimbursement.

  1. When the need to hire new employees for the city-funded contract arises, the business submits the job posting(s) for open positions to MOED. 
  2. The MOED Business Services team will start the recruitment process by providing free marketing and outreach across the city for qualified candidates. Pre-screening of all applicants is provided to make the best match. We also provide meeting space to interview candidates - at no cost!  
  3. Businesses submit a basic report on hiring to document compliance. 

Local Hiring Law

Baltimore City's Local Hiring Law went into effect on December 23, 2013, and requires compliance by vendors, contractors, and sub-contractors who do business with the City. The Law is applicable to City-awarded contracts over $300,000 and City-subsidized projects over $5,000,000. The Law requires businesses and all of their subcontractors to: 

  • Meet with MOED within 2 weeks after the contract award to complete an Employment Analysis 
  • Post new jobs with MOED only for a period of seven days  
  • Utilize MOED’s recruitment services for new hires 
  • Meet the goal: 51% of all new hires for City-funded contracts must be Baltimore City residents 
  • Submit monthly employment reports with information on the number of current workers, new workers, and the number of Baltimore City residents working on the project

Workforce intelligence and data collected as a result of tracking the compliance of these ordinances are used to conduct labor market analysis and identify gaps between employer workforce needs and skill levels of Baltimore City residents. It also assists the workforce community to determine the types of training and credentials that Baltimore City residents require to successfully apply, obtain and sustain jobs with productive careers.

Employ Baltimore Executive Order

The Employ Baltimore Executive Order, issued in December 2013, is applicable to city contracts greater than $50,000 and up to $300,000 (except for emergency and professional services). Businesses are required to:

  • Contact MOED to schedule a workforce meeting within two weeks after the contract award
  • Post new jobs with MOED only for a period of seven days 
  • Utilize MOED’s recruitment services for new hires
  • Submit bi-annual employment reports

Local Hiring Law Rules and Regulations (updated December 2018)

Local Hiring Law Frequently Asked Questions