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

  • Flexible working

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

  • Increased productivity

"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

Read the PDF version here

ESES City Region Deal Fair Work guide

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