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Fair Work First: guidance

Outlines our Fair Work First approach and exemplifies the Fair Work First criteria in practice. It should be used by those involved in awarding public sector grants, sponsorship and other funding, and contracts, and those seeking to access/accessing such funding and/or contracts.


How the guidance should be used

The Fair Work First guidance is designed to support business and other organisations to progress on a journey of continuous improvement in Fair Work. It is a good idea to read the whole document once, however it can and should be dipped into as and when required. The table of contents should assist you to find the sections that are relevant for you.

In addition to accessing support provided by relevant networks, organisations should use the guidance in conjunction with other relevant guidance, such as:

Employers are also encouraged to use the Fair Work Employer Support Tool to understand their fair work practices and access support to enable them to strengthen their approach. Similarly, employers should encourage their workers to use the Fair Work Convention's Employee Self-Assessment Tool to assess their own experience of Fair Work and be willing to engage with workers and unions in responding to the findings of these assessment tools.

The guidance can be used by the respective stakeholders as follows:

1. Public sector grants

  • grant-makers should use the guidance as follows:
    • to consider how the Fair Work First criteria applies to a grant, consistent with the context in which it can be applied;
    • to evaluate a grant applicant's commitment to Fair Work First in their application and assess the verification of such;
    • to engage with a grant recipient to agree relevant milestones and outcomes for supporting delivery of their Fair Work First commitment;
    • to evaluate progress being made towards those commitments as part of grant management arrangements.
  • grant applicants / recipients should use the guidance to:
    • agree their organisation's approach for applying Fair Work First within the organisation;
    • to provide evidence in the grant application confirming the action they will take to adopt the Fair work First criteria;
    • monitor progress towards delivering against their proposals in relation to the Fair Work First criteria as part of grant management arrangements;
    • consider further action which could be taken to enhance the organisation's Fair Work approach

2. Public sector procurements

  • buyers (those awarding a public contract) should use the guidance as follows:
    • to consider how Fair Work First applies to a procurement in a relevant and proportionate manner;
    • to support the evaluation of bids submitted by suppliers;
    • where appropriate, to evaluate progress being made towards delivering against their tender proposals in relation to the Fair Work First criteria through contract management arrangements.
  • bidders / suppliers should use the guidance to:
    • explain in the response to tender actions they will take throughout the lifetime of the contact to deliver the Fair Work First criteria, where it is relevant to the contract;
    • agree their approach for applying Fair Work First within the contract;
    • monitor and provide evidence of progress towards delivering against their Tender response in relation to the Fair Work First criteria as part of contract management arrangements.

3. Funding for public bodies

Public bodies have a dual role to play in supporting the implementation of Fair Work First: as employers; and as the stewards of significant public funding which supports them to deliver public services and support Scottish Government priorities, including through procurements or the award of funding.

  • Scottish Government sponsorship / funding leads should use the guidance as follows:
    • to consider how Fair Work applies to the public body;
    • to agree with the public body what their Fair Work First priorities will be;
    • to evaluate progress being made towards the body's Fair Work First commitments as part of the agreed monitoring and reporting arrangements.
  • public bodies should use the guidance to:
    • identify their Fair Work First priorities;
    • monitor and provide evidence of progress towards meeting the Fair Work First criteria as part of sponsorship/funding arrangements;
    • consider further action the body could take to enhance their Fair Work approach;
    • to apply Fair Work First to any relevant grants or contracts they themselves award, as illustrated in sections (1) and (2) above

Contact

Email: katie.irvine@gov.scot

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