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MPSs are to launch an inquiry into the effect of the 2008 recession on the quality of Scottish jobs and, in particular, the labour market.

The inquiry aims to investigate some of the conditions and standards faced by Scottish workers with MSPs hoping to see that the conditions of workers in Scotland has improved, even during the tough economic climate of 2008.

As well as the condition of jobs, MSPs will look to see how employee well-being and health and safety in the workplace has been affected as well as the living standard and the impact of low wages. It is hoped that any issues that are found will allow the Scottish government to improve the working conditions for many across the country.

It is thought that the recession and tough economic climate affected many in the long term and could still be hurting the Scottish economy.

Committee convener Murdo Fraser said: "The Scottish economy is clearly on the road to recovery but it's important that as politicians we reflect on whether the 2008 recession has had a long-lasting impact on the quality of jobs in the labour market."

He added: "An increase of people in employment is always to be welcomed. However, this inquiry will delve into the issues behind the headlines and determine if job quality has improved.

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