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Despite an increase in the number of Scottish workers finding employment, some experts have expressed concern in regards to the number of males accounting for the growth.

According to the latest employment figures from the Office of National Statistics, 21,000 more Scots were in work, compared with the previous quarter, bringing the total to 2,631,000. The figures also meant that Scotland had the highest employment rate out of the four UK nations.

The rates seen in Scotland showed that the highest number of people in employment since the recession with the employment rate being at its highest since 2007, at 74.9%. During said time, unemployment fell by 11,000.

Scotland's Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "I am very pleased to note this month's figures, which reinforce the positive longer-term trends in Scotland's labour market, notwithstanding recent and ongoing volatility with Labour Market Statistics."

The minister added: "Employment has continued to rise and unemployment to fall - with more Scots in work than ever before. Youth employment figures continue to be strong, outperforming the UK statistics.

"However, we are not complacent and we recognise that a number of significant challenges remain beneath these encouraging headline figures."

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Bullying in the workplace is growing according to the latest survey from ACAS with a study finding that many people are too afraid to speak out.

According to ACAS, there has been more than 20,000 calls regarding bullying and harassment in the workplace. The organisation has also called for employers to take claims of bullying in the workplace much more seriously and improve all anti-bullying policies.

Chair of ACAS, Sir Brendan Barber, stated that it wa clear bullying was on the rise and that poor business policies and management was one of the main reasons for the rise. He said: "Callers to our helpline have experienced some horrific incidents around bullying that have included humiliation, ostracism, verbal and physical abuse.

"But managers sometimes dismiss accusations around bullying as simply personality or management style clashes, whilst others may recognise the problem but lack the confidence or skills to deal with it."

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A study from HMRC and a number of law firms has revealed that the number of high female earners has not changed in the last four years despite many attempts to reduce the gender pay gap.

Figures from HM Revenue & Customs showed that women accounted for 27% of all higher-rate taxpayers in each of the past four financial years meaning that women made up 1.21m of the 4.47m higher-rate taxpayers. This number remained the same despite a rise of about one million high earners in the last year.

Many experts have stated that while the number of high earners in the UK has grown, the gender gap between male and female workers has played a part for the same percentage of high female earners. In 2015, despite a number of goals to reduce the gender wage gap, the gap decreased by a mere 0.2%. Currently, the gender gap sits at 9.4%.

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The Scottish Government are to scrap employment tribunal fees if said powers are devolved to Scotland from Westminster, however, such powers will only be transferred when it is “clear on how the transfer of powers and responsibilities".

The plan was announced in the government’s programme for 2015/16 with the details set to be negotiated by both governments with the Scottish Government wishing to scrap such fees to ensure that people have a greater access to justice.

Speaking on the matter the Scottish Government stated: “We will abolish fees for employment tribunals when we are clear on how the transfer of powers and responsibilities will work.

“We will consult on the shape of services that can best support people’s access to employment justice as part of the transfer of the powers of Employment Tribunals to Scotland.”

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HMRC and the Department of business, innovation and skills (BIS) are to crackdown on companies that are not paying staff the National Minimum Wage.

Under the new crackdown, a team of officers will be able to enforce stricter penalties and punish those who are intentionally not paying staff what they deserve. It is hoped that such a crackdown will help those who are being underpaid, but also serve as an incentive for companies to pay their staff their rightful rate ahead of the proposed increase in the rate.

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A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit has found that Europe’s companies must adapt to an ageing workforce, and that this may result in benefits for all employees.

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Older workers are as productive, committed and flexible as younger workers, according to a recent study conducted by Essex Business School at the University of Essex on behalf of Age UK.

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