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New Fair Work in the Third Sector Research

Join us to Explore New Findings on Fair Work

Last year, GCVS commissioned the Scottish Centre for Employment Research at the University of Strathclyde to study Fair Work* in the voluntary sector. This research captured the views of those working at all sector levels and across different types of organisations. 

That research is now complete, and the findings, alongside our analysis, will be published on 27th July.

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The Research

There are some powerful messages and learning within the final report for us as a sector, for the government and local public bodies and funders. We can clearly see the impact of a ‘triple whammy’ of crises – austerity, COVID and public health and cost of living issues – on the sector and on employees. This Fair Work research explores the problems that can arise in this challenging context and identifies the barriers that reduce our ability to deliver the best employment practices.

In our analysis and summary of this critical work, we’ve identified actions for our sector and for stakeholders and funders to consider. What the research indicates is a tipping point for many organisations. There is a sense of frustration – and yes, anger – about the expectation that we will continue to do more for less and the lack of recognition and respect for everything our sector does.

Yet, despite all of this, the third sector remains at the vanguard of Fair Work practice, and we’ll talk about all of this at our launch and discussion event on 27th July at The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6DS.

Our Launch Event

Tickets, Thu 27 Jul 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Professor Patricia Findlay led the research and will share the key findings of her report at this event. We’re also pleased to welcome Cabinet Secretary for the Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy, Mr Neil Gray MSP as our key speaker, and we’ll hear from a local charity for their experiences, followed by a panel discussion to consider taking forward the findings. 

We’re pleased to invite colleagues from the third and public sector, funders and anyone interested in fair work practice to come along. Register here – we have a small number of spaces left.

Please subscribe to help us keep in touch with you on this and other work. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an insightful and challenging event.


*Fair work offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers. Find out more at fairworkconvention.scot

Thanks to The Robertson Trust for supporting this work

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