Fair and decent work in Scotland’s local authorities: evidence and challenges

Stephen Gibb, Mohammed Ishaq, Ian Elliott, Asifa Maaria Hussain

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Scottish local authorities (SLAs) are a major employer expected to provide Fair and Decent Work (FDW). The evidence and challenges of FDW in this sector are mapped drawing on semi-structured interviews with human resource (HR) and organization development (OD) personnel. Many SLAs claim to be, and some seem to be, leading in FDW, yet others are reluctant to commit beyond meeting statutory obligations. The delivery of FDW in SLAs matters to managers and more broadly, as SLAs influence FDW more widely, individually in their local and collectively in their national contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-625
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number8
Early online date23 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020


  • Employment
  • fair and decent work
  • human resources
  • work quality


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