Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal Fair Work Guide 2023
A guide for employers looking to become fairer and more flexible
The Integrated Employer Engagement (IEE) project, part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal are providing support to all businesses who are looking to develop or take their first steps towards implementing the Fair Work Agenda
The Fair Work vision
By 2025, people in Scotland will have a world leading working life where Fair Work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society.
Fair work is work that offers all individuals effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect.
To balance the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers which can generate benefits for individuals, organisations and society.
There are 5 indicators of fair work:
1. Improving respect at work
Closing the pay gap
Health, safety and wellbeing
2. Improving security at work
Offering stable contracts
Paying the Real Living Wage
3. Improving opportunity at work
Employing and retaining a diverse workforce
4. Improving fulfilment at work
Access to training and development
Encouraging personal growth and career progression
5. Improving effective voices at work
Trade union or employee representation
Clear communication channels
Extensive research has shown that the outcomes of implementing Fair Work practices include:
Improved mental wellbeing
Reduced in work poverty
Increased job satisfaction
Increased talent retention
Improved employee skills
"Recognising the adaptability of our workforce, we decided to pilot a 4 day week: this has been well received, staff are feeling the benefit of a supported work-life balance, productivity has remained constant and there has been no impact to customer service."
Caroline McFarlane, Director, Limelight Careers
Find out more about Fair Work
Under the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal we have worked with partners across the region to identify the best tools and resources to help you on your journey.