Scottish Government Minister questioned in Stirling

06 November 2017

The Scottish Affairs Committee hears from a Scottish Government Minister in Stirling as part of their inquiry into sustainable employment.

Attend the session

The Committee hears from three panels of representatives from the Scottish Government, third sector groups, and Scottish agencies and the Fair Work Convention.

The evidence sessions are open to the public and tickets are available here.


On Monday 6 November in the Court Room, Cottrell Building, the University of Stirling:

At 10am – Third sector

  • Rob Gowans, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Layla Theiner, Director, Disability Agenda Scotland

10:50am – Scottish Enterprise and the Fair Work Convention

  • Kenny Richmond, Head of Economics, Scottish Enterprise
  • Gordon McGuinness, Director, Industry and Enterprise Networks, Skills Development Scotland
  • Professor Patricia Findlay, Fair Work Convention

11:40am – Scottish Government

  • Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Scottish Government
  • Hugh McAloon, Deputy Director, Fair Work, Employability and Skills Directorate, Scottish Government

In the first session, the Committee speaks to Citizens Advice Scotland and Disability Agenda Scotland about the employment issues they commonly deal with. This session covers how new working practices and forms of employment such as zero hours contracts affect workers. In addition, the Committee considers how easy it is for workers to enforce employment rights and provide access to justice, and how the system could be strengthened.

The Committee also speaks to representatives of Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Fair Work Convention, In this session, they discuss their role in promoting job creation and good employment practices.

The devolution settlement means that responsibility for policy relating to sustainable employment is shared between the UK and Scottish governments. The session with Keith Brown MSP and Hugh McAloon examines how the work of Scottish Government interacts with UK Government policy in areas such as employment rights and industrial strategy.

Chair's comments

Committee Chair Pete Wishart MP commented:

"This session will give us an insight into the realities of employment for people in Scotland. We want to hear from Citizens Advice and Disability Agenda Scotland about their clients' experiences in the current employment market. How prevalent are bad, or illegal, practices and how well easily have people been able to seek justice?

We also look forward to hearing from the Scottish Government about the different powers the Scottish and UK governments have to create jobs in Scotland, and ensure that these jobs meet the needs of employers and workers."

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