The Fair Work Framework

The Vision & Framework for Fair Work in Scotland

By 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and for society.

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The Fair Work Dimensions

Fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect.

  • It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers.
  • It generates benefits for individuals, organisations and society.

Effective voice

For individuals, the opportunity to have an effective voice is crucially important. Having a say at work is consistent with the broader suite of rights available to citizens in democratic societies.


It is a reasonable aspiration to want work that is fair – and for fair work to be available to everyone. Fair opportunity allows people to access work and employment and is a crucial dimension of fair work.


Security of income can contribute to greater individual and family stability and promote more effective financial planning, including investment in pensions.


Fulfilment can also arise from positive and supportive workplace relationships that promote a sense of belonging and this overlaps strongly with respect as a dimension of fair work.


Respect at work enhances individual health, safety and wellbeing. Dignified treatment can protect workers from workplace-related illness and injury and create an environment free from bullying and harassment.