Working Lives Scotland

On 18th June 2020, the CIPD shared insights from the inaugural Working Lives Scotland report.  The data from a boosted sample of the UK Working Lives Survey was analysed to provide Scotland specific insights on job quality to drive engagement and improvement and support the growth of quality jobs.  Marek Zemanik, CIPD, presented the findings to practitioners, policy-makers and academics. Graeme Roy, University of Strathclyde, also provided additional economic context to attendees.

The survey was conducted before the COVID-19 outbreak, but it highlighted some of the gaps and trade-offs across five dimensions of fair work. It identified key challenges around health and wellbeing, work-life balance and job security.

Topics covered included:

  • Respect – covering job impact on ill health, as well as the availability of flexible working arrangements
  • Security – showing public sector felt higher levels of job security, and the relationship between life satisfaction and pay
  • Opportunity – discussed the differences in skills and career development opportunities by demographic
  • Fulfilment – identifying a strong correlation between job satisfaction and meaningful work
  • Effective Voice – finding larger employers are more likely to have formal arrangements to hear the views of colleagues, but need to improve the feedback given.

More information is available on the CIPD website Working Lives Scotland June 2020 | CIPD