KIP Breakfast Meeting
Bacon rolls and tattie scones with KiP at The Lighthouse Mitchell Lane, Glasgow: Earning Poverty or Producing Prosperity? The labour market, productivity and the living wage in Scotland and beyond.
- The Chancellor has just decreed that a living wage rising to £9 per hour should be paid to every worker over the age of 25 from 2020. At the same time tax credits should be progressively withdrawn from most who currently receive them. The UK Government has welfare and productivity in its sight, and it would argue inequality seeing the slaying of these three dragons as key to the UK’s future sustainability.
- In Scotland the Government see a higher living wage as a decency threshold underpinned by in work benefits. For them it’s about tackling inequality which will in turn drive productivity. Some predict those in low paid poor productivity jobs wills see their hours cut , others think its high time the state stopped subsidising skinflint employers.
- Whatever it is it’s the biggest issue in the HR sphere for many years with consequences for everything from recruitment to retirement CIPD Scotland’s innovative Knowledge into Practice partnership CIPD is bringing practitioners, academics and policy people together to discusses this seismic change.
John McGurk head of CIPD Scotland will set the scene linking the issue to the context of Scotland’s Skilled Future and chairing the discussion.
CIPD Chief Economist Mark Beatson, formerly a leading UK Government labour market economist at the heart of these debates now heading up CIPD economic insight, will explain the different dimensions of this challenging debate and how they link together. CIPD’s evidence form key employer and employee surveys and latest report on productivity will feature as well as Mark’s unique expertise.
Denis Nickson from the University of Strathclyde will explain how Scotland’s labour market based on poor pay and poor productivity needs to change and how that affects engagement, productivity and services.
A living wage employer (TBC) will discuss how it works in practice and what the impact has been.
We will have discussion and debate and you will leave with a great insight into one of the issues which is keeping business leaders up at night, perplexing policy makers and which will have reverberations for years to come. Join the conversation and enjoy.
There is no charge for this event, please book now to secure your place!