Getting people into work.
Academics, trade union representatives and experts from business and industry will meet in Edinburgh today to start work on supporting the Government’s ambitions to create more, better paid, quality jobs.
One of the key actions outlined in the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy, the new Strategic Labour Market Group will look at ways of developing:
• Low unemployment and high employment
• A skilled, productive, engaged workforce that meets the needs of employers;
• Equal opportunities to access work and progress in employment
• Fulfilling, secure and well-paid jobs where employees’ contributions are encouraged, respected and valued
• A sustainable working population that can retain and attract new talent
Chaired by Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn, the group will also measure the strategy’s progress, make recommendations on adapting to changes in the labour market such as the impact of Brexit, and consider new research on developing the workforce.
“We recognise that creating a fairer society, where there are no barriers to work and employees are skilled, valued and meet the needs of employers is key to our ambitions of building a strong and inclusive economy.
“Our labour market must be responsive and adaptable and we must ensure that we are taking all the steps we can to get more people into secure, well paid, quality work which is why getting businesses, trade unions, policy and academia together to come up with new ideas is crucial.”
Strategic Labour Market Group members are:
Dr. Jim McCormick, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Prof. Ewart Keep, Oxford University
David Watt, Institute of Directors Scotland
Dr. Gina Netto, Heriot-Watt University
Elma Murray, SOLACE
Prof. Graeme Roy, Fraser of Allander Institute
Stephen Boyle, Royal Bank of Scotland
Amanda Jones, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
Gary Sharp, Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed
Jamie Kerr, Thorntons Law
Michelle Armour, Babcock International Group
Hamish Watson, Scottish Power
Mark Smith, Standard Life
Lynne Cadenhead, WES
Grahame Smith, STUC
Francis Stuart, Oxfam
Lucy O’Carroll, Aberdeen Asset Management
Read the Labour Market Strategy.
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