Strategic Labour Market Group


The Group will help to ensure the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy remains responsive, adaptable and delivers a fair, inclusive and successful labour market in Scotland by making recommendations on our approach to labour market issues, and advising on future interventions as circumstances change. It will play a key role in determining how we measure progress in the context of the published Labour Market Outcomes.

The Group will strive to meet the commitments set out in the Work Plan.  Its broad remit will include:

  • making recommendations on how to drive progressive change in the labour market, reflecting the potential impact and effect of external factors and circumstances over time;
  • advising Ministers on the progress being made on the implementation of the Strategy, and on the development an appropriate measurement framework; and
  • considering new research, analysis or intelligence on labour market issues which could help shape future policy direction in key areas.

In particular the Group should consider how the labour market is improving, measured against the following outcomes, and make recommendations to further advance these outcomes as appropriate:

  • a skilled, productive and engaged workforce capable of meeting the needs of employers;
  • equality of opportunity to access work and to progress to ensure everyone is able to maximise their potential;
  • fulfilling, secure and well-paid jobs, where employees’ contributions are encouraged, respected and valued;
  • low unemployment and high employment; and
  • a sustainable working population and that can retain and attract new talent, to meet our wider economic and social ambitions.

The Group will support the Scottish Government and its partners in delivering the Labour Market Strategy in a sustainable, inclusive and equitable way, ensuring it remains appropriate to deliver Scotland’s evolving economic and social ambitions. 


  • Minister for Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills (Chair)
  • Directorate for Fair Work Employability and Skills (Secretariat)
  • Michelle Armour, Babcock International Group
  • Stephen Boyle, Scottish Government
  • Lynne Cadenhead, Women’s Enterprise Scotland
  • Peter Hunter, Unison
  • Amanda Jones, Dentons LLP
  • Professor Ewart Keep, University of Oxford
  • Jamie Kerr, Thorntons Law LLP
  • Dr Jim McCormick, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Dr Gina Netto, Heriot Watt University
  • Lucy O’Carroll, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Professor Graeme Roy, Fraser of Allander Institute
  • Grahame Smith, STUC
  • Mark Smith, Standard Life
  • Francis Stuart, STUC
  • Hamish Watson, Scottish Power
  • David Watt, Institute of Directors






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