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MSPs to Measure Quality of Jobs in Scotland

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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.

Danger of Underemployment

A recent study showed that underemployment and unemployment had a negative effect on the health and well-being of many in Scotland. Martin Taulbut, of NHS Health Scotland, said that unemployment increases the likelihood of premature death by more than 60%, with some jobs in Scotland being just as bad, if not worse for worker’s well-being that unemployment.

In total, according to his research, mortality rates were 63% higher in the unemployed that in those who had a full-time or even part-time occupation. In total, 19% of Scottish workers are currently unemployed according to a KPMG report with some workers having low job satisfaction and poor health and safety practices in the workplace. Many of those who are underemployed are often suffering as a result of discrimination or as a result of the gender payment gap.

Employment Duty of Care

Regardless of where you work, your employer has a duty of care towards you and other members of staff. Workers are entitled to the minimum wage, with employers facing potential legal action if they fail to pay you what is rightfully yours. An employer must also ensure that in the workplace you and colleagues are safe, whether it be providing the correct equipment, ensuring that there is safety equipment or having suitable conditions in the workplace, such a breach could allow you to take legal action.

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