The Construction Industry in Scotland: Opportunities and Challenges

SCER and FAI were commissioned by the STUC to investigate working practices in the construction industry in Scotland. It is widely recognised that the industry makes an important contribution to the Scottish economy, not least through public infrastructure investment and contracts. However, a number of concerns have been raised by the STUC and affiliate unions about a range of unfair labour practices that disadvantage workers in the industry. The project focuses on analysing the industry profile, assessing the economic impact of the sector, identifying the opportunities to shape practice that supports fair work, and reflecting on the role of public procurement in delivering a safe, successful and fair construction industry.

The research team includes Findlay and Dutton, Scottish Centre for Employment Research and Spowage, Fraser of Allander Institute at University of Strathclyde.

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