Flexible Workforce Development Fund: equality impact assessment

This document assesses the future policy direction of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund to ensure that the Fund addresses equality and diversity issues and is in keeping with the Scottish Governments priorities with a particular focus on reducing the gender pay gap, tackling occupational segregation and halving the disability employment gap.


1. University of Edinburgh Business School ‘Older people and Employment’ published in August

2. UK Commission for Employability and Skills Research

3. The UKCES Employer Skills Survey – Scotland report

4. The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee Report – Removing Barriers – Race, Ethnicity and Employment

5. Refer to Definitions of Protected Characteristics document for information on the characteristics

6. In respect of this protected characteristic, a body subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty (which includes Scottish Government) only needs to comply with the first need of the duty (to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010) and only in relation to work. This is because the parts of the Act covering services and public functions, premises, education etc. do not apply to that protected characteristic. Equality impact assessment within the Scottish Government does not require assessment against the protected characteristic of Marriage and Civil Partnership unless the policy or practice relates to work, for example HR policies and practices.

7. See EQIA – Setting the Scene for further information on the legislation.


Email: janice.alexander@gov.scot

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