Focus On: Fair Work
Each month we’ll be taking a look at one of the ten priority areas of the new strategy for Scotland’s museums and galleries.
Starting with Fair Work, we’ll introduce each priority area, highlight useful resources, and suggest practical steps that your museum or gallery can take to achieve the actions set out in the strategy.
What is Fair Work?
‘Fair Work’ is work that offers all individuals respect, opportunity, fulfilment, security, and an effective voice.
These five areas of Fair Work balance the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers to generate benefits for all.
One of the aims of the strategy is that Scotland’s museums and galleries will be places where Fair Work drives success, wellbeing, and prosperity for individuals, organisations, and society as a whole.
All museums and galleries will be working on the aims and actions of the strategy in a way that reflects their capacity and strengths. Whether you’re already making progress on Fair Work or just getting started, you’ll find plenty of helpful information on this page.
Fair Work resources
Learn about the five aspects of Fair Work and find out how you can implement them at your organisation in this blog series by MGS Skills Officer Frankie Bradley and People and Learning Officer Lizzy Campbell.
At the launch event for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries Strategy Mike Benson, Director of the Scottish Crannog Centre, spoke about the value of Fair Work and the positive impact it’s had on their organisation.
At MGS, our commitment to Fair Work includes the recruitment of apprentices and the delivery of our Modern Apprentice programmes. You can find out more about apprenticeships – including how to host an apprentice – in our training programmes section.
This guide offers a range of useful resources that will help you to better understand Fair Work.
Organisations can make progress on Fair Work by paying the Real Living Wage.
Learn about Fair Work practices across Scotland on the Fair Work Convention website.
Fair Work at your museum or gallery
Get started on the journey towards Fair Work by asking these three questions:
This can help to encourage the Effective Voice area of Fair Work. Dialogue can include one-to-ones between workers and management, appraisal and feedback processes, and team meetings.
This support contributes towards the Opportunity area of Fair Work.
The Respect area of Fair Work can include conversations about how respect is experienced at your organisation.
Fair Work recruiting
Our Jobs & Opportunities page only lists museum sector roles from employers which meet inclusive recruitment standards. If you’re an employer who meets these standards, we’ll advertise your roles free of charge.
If you’re looking for advice on inclusive recruitment – including job descriptions and person specifications – please get in touch with our Skills Development team.
We’ve updated our grants outcomes and expectations to reflect the strategy’s commitment to Fair Work. When applying for funding, you’ll be required to confirm that:
1. You pay all direct employees the real Living Wage.
2. You provide appropriate channels for effective voice.
Find out more
If you’d like to learn more about Fair Work and how to implement its values at your organisation, please contact MGS Skills and Development Manager Markus Offer.