Working Lives Scotland is the CIPD’s dedicated report on job quality in Scotland. Adapting the CIPD Good Work Index  to the Scottish Fair Work Framework, the report provides analysis and insight on a range of issues, with a view to informing public policy interventions and improving people practice.

Our Working Lives Scotland research sets out how people work in Scotland and what they think about it. It achieves this by capturing data on five dimensions of job quality, specific to a framework setup by the Fair Work Convention.

These five dimensions of job quality are as follows: 

  • Respect 
  • Security 
  • Opportunity 
  • Fufilment 
  • Effective voice 

Latest research 

Our latest research explores job quality in Scotland today and the factors impacting it, such as the cost-of-living crisis. Our evidence suggests a return to ‘business as usual’ in Scotland, but not a move towards fairer work, with concerning gaps in flexibility, job autonomy and employee voice across Scottish workplaces. 

Our Working Lives Scotland 2023 report includes both recommendations for practice and additional evidence for policy-makers, employers and practitioners who want to improve job quality across Scottish workplaces.  

Our Working Lives Scotland sample comprises 1,010 respondents of the total 5,139 employees across the UK. 

Download our latest report below 

Working Lives Scotland 2023

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