The SNP want Scotland to be the best place to live, work and do business. Employment law is reserved to the UK Government but we are doing all we can with the powers available to us to promote fair working practices.
We published a Fair Work Action Plan which sets out plans for Scotland to be a world-leading Fair Work Nation by 2025. The plan includes a range of measures to support employers to embed fairer working practices, including a benchmarking tool to assess current practice.
Our Fair Work First programme makes adoption of fair work practices part of the criteria for winning public contracts and receiving grants. It uses the financial power of government to make fair work the norm. We will build flexible and family friendly working into the programme, learning lessons from working practices during the pandemic to make it easier for women, particularly single parents, to return to work and also encourage a more equal share of childcare responsibilities.
We are leading the way on fair pay. Over 1,800 organisations are now accredited Living Wage employers – over one quarter of the total across the UK. We will continue to promote the Living Wage in all sectors across Scotland.
The principles of Living Hours are reflected in Fair Work First good practice and promoted through Fair Work First where this applies to grants or procurement. We will go further and support a specific accreditation programme for Living Hours in the same way we have supported Living Wage accreditation.
As we recover from the pandemic, we want to do more to support people achieve a healthy work-life balance. We also want to keep the total number of people in employment high. As part of this, we will establish a £10 million fund to allow companies to pilot and explore the benefits of a four day working week.