• Career Ready – empowering Scotland’s young, undiscovered talent

    The pandemic has hit young people the hardest in terms of unemployment and economic inactivity, with UK youth employment rates at a near-record low. The CIPD’s One Million Chances campaign aims to create a million opportunities for young people...
  • Scotland's National Strategy for Economic Transformation

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser at the CIPD in Scotland  Last month, the Scottish Government published its new 10-year economic strategy - Scotland's National Strategy for Economic Transformation. Scotland is certainly not sho...
  • Understanding older workers in Scotland

    By Lee Ann Panglea, Head of the CIPD in Scotland and Northern Ireland   Introduction  Scotland’s population – and workforce – is ageing. While about 400,000 more people live in Scotland today than in the 1990s, the number ...
  • The design of buildings and organisational culture: The Scottish Parliament

    By Sabina Siebert and Kevin Orr The 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament offered an excellent opportunity to take stock of the work of Parliament and its wider impact, but also to consider Parliament as an organisation and workplace. As busin...
  • Marking Carers Rights Day in Scotland

    This blog was written jointly by Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser at the CIPD in Scotland, and Paul Traynor, Head of External Affairs at Carers Trust Scotland  25 November 2021 marks the annual Carers Rights Day. Its purpose is to hel...
  • National Stress Awareness Day

    National Stress Awareness Day provides an opportunity to increase public awareness and help people recognise, manage and reduce stress in their personal and professional lives.  This blog has been written by Olivia Carson, Public Affairs Officer...
  • Updated Fair Work First Guidance

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser The impact of the pandemic on nearly all aspects of our personal and working lives will be felt for years to come. In the world of work, both employees and employers had to quickly learn to navigate new...
  • Helping workplaces stay active

    Carl Greenwood, Senior Development Officer, Paths for All. Keeping physically active in-and-around the working day has lots of benefits for both employees and employers. Staff who are physically active are more productive, take fewer sick days, and a...
  • My internship at South of Scotland Enterprise

    By Olivia Taylor Last September, when I was going into my third year studying at the University of Strathclyde (BA Hons Human Resource Management and Psychology), I, like every student, was beginning to think about summer internships for the followi...
  • Career Ready: Could you change a young person’s life?

    By Anne Wexelstein - Career Ready, Director for Scotland I am excited.  Thanks to an introduction from John Stewart, SSE HRD, I am in the position to be writing this blog to CIPD members and as a CIPD member myself.  Truth be told, it...
  • Putting fair work at the heart of Scotland’s workplaces and economy

    The Fair Work Convention and CIPD Scotland last month joined together to form a strategic partnership, working to ensure fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society across Scotland. Fair W...
  • Working Lives Scotland 2021

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser The first Working Lives Scotland report was released three months after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it was already apparent that we were experiencing an unprecedented event, one ye...
  • CIPD Scotland’s policy asks in party manifestos

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser By the time you read this blog, it will only be a few hours until the polls open across Scotland for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. The sixth session of Parliament with 129 new (and returni...
  • Protecting young people’s life chances

    By Sandy Begbie CBE, CEO at Scottish Financial Enterprise and author of Young Person's Guarantee report I was delighted to have the opportunity to join you in the plenary discussion at the recent CIPD Scotland conference. I left reassured by the lev...
  • How else can we support learners to upskill?

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. Could the tide be turning on upskilling and reskilling policy? With additional funding announced in the Scottish Budget for the National Transition Training Fund (aimed at adults at risk of redund...
  • What next for Fair Work in the COVID era? We need to adapt, implement and influence.

    By Gail Irvine, Senior Policy and Development Officer at the Carnegie UK Trust The COVID-19 labour market As the UK first went into lockdown, I wrote in a blog contemplating the impact of the crisis on working lives: ‘Widespread disruptio...
  • Fairer workplaces for a fairer Scotland

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser.  In just under 10 weeks, on 6th May 2021, people in Scotland will head to the polls to elect 129 new MSPs. It is fair to say, this election will be like no other election before it. We still f...
  • The 2021/22 Scottish Budget and the people profession

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser.  The last Scottish Budget before Scotland goes to the polls in May has been unveiled on Thursday, 28th January 2021. CIPD Scotland sent our views to Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fina...
  • The impact of COVID-19 on employee wellbeing in Scotland

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser. As 2020 draws to a close, most of us will be looking back in disbelief and looking forward in hope. While the news of a vaccine rollout offers a genuine way out of the tunnel after months of restri...
  • Uncertainty on top of uncertainty – delivering the next Scottish Budget

    Marek Zemanik, Senior Policy Advisor for CIPD Scotland Marek Zemanik discusses how the next Scottish Budget will be very different compared to any other because of the impacts of COVID-19 The last budget before an election is usually a big deal. You ...
  • Job quality and Scotland’s ageing workforce

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland. The global pandemic has affected the lives of us all. We are beginning to see some of the longer-term impacts materialising, even though there is no end in sight yet. A speeding up of digital ...
  • Fair work and disability

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland. Recent years have seen an increased focus from both the UK and Scottish governments to tackle what policymakers refer to as the disability employment gap - the difference between the employmen...
  • Third time lucky

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland.Provided everything goes as planned, you are reading this blog while I am on paternity leave. This is my third time and, despite my children being born within just over five years, it will be a...
  • Remembering Lifelong Learning

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Scotland.As the Covid-19 public health emergency morphs into an economic emergency, some tough decisions lie in store for both the UK and Scottish governments. How do we target financial support? W...
  • Working Lives Scotland

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser at CIPD Scotland.A unique look at job qualityThe CIPD conducts a range of research in relation to job quality, but this year is the first year we have published a dedicated report for Scotland. Working L...