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Statutory Guidance on the Selection of Tenderers and Award of Contracts - Addressing Fair Work Practices, including the Living Wage, in Procurement

Statutory Guidance on the Selection of Tenderers and Award of Contracts - Addressing Fair Work Practices, including the Living Wage, in Procurement

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ISBN: 9781785447167

Statutory guidance under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 provides guidance to public bodies on how to evaluate fair work practices, including the Living Wage when selecting tenderers and awarding contracts.

Executive Summary

As part of the range of statutory guidance under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) 2014 Act this statutory guidance deals with fair work practices including the Living Wage as part of procurement processes.

The guidance makes clear that the Scottish Government considers payment of the Living Wage to be a significant indicator of an employer’s commitment to fair work practices and that the payment of the Living Wage is one of the clearest ways that an employer can demonstrate that it takes a positive approach to its workforce.

The guidance emphasises that whilst failure to pay the Living Wage would be a strong negative indicator it does not mean that the employer’s approach automatically fails to meet fair work standards.

Public bodies must now consider, before undertaking a procurement exercise, whether it is relevant and proportionate to include a question on fair work practices as part of the competition.