• Pensions in interesting times

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD senior adviser for Reward and Performance.

    I was fortunate enough to attend one of the 2020 Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s conferences a couple of weeks ago. This event, which was held in Edinburgh, focused on investments in terms of where money should be put to try and help employees have enough cash to live on when they come to retire from paid work.

    The audience of the event…

    • 20 Mar 2020
  • 10 Things I Learned at the 2020 CIPD Scotland Conference (and one I did not)

    By Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser at CIPD Scotland 

    I am not a people professional. I have never worked in HR. I am not in the market for software solutions to improve my company’s people management capabilities. You see, before I started working for the CIPD, I would have thought these sorts of things were a prerequisite to attending CIPD Scotland’s Annual Conference. Crucially, I thought they were necessary…

    • 9 Mar 2020
  • Why evidence is key to effective professional practice.

    By Edward Houghton, Head of Research at the CIPD.

    Good HR is built on evidence. From the design of new performance management programmes to the management of an employee grievance, its critical to make use of information, data and insights every step of the way. If people professionals do make use of evidence, it makes it far more likely that positive outcomes will result.  Because of this the CIPD has built evidence-based…

    • 25 Feb 2020
  • Diversity and talent are your future

    Guest blog by David Coyne, Senior Policy Adviser, Skills Development Scotland

    No-one can deny these are interesting times. We are bombarded by news stories and reports from think tanks which paint a picture of a world in chaos. Whether it is political uncertainty, automation, environmental collapse or some other "megatrend", rule books and assumptions are being thrown out of the window across our businesses and workplaces…

    • 3 Feb 2020
  • Capitalism with a Human Face?

    By CIPD's Scotland Senior Public Policy Adviser, Marek Zemanik.

    Around this time of year everybody reflects and looks ahead - to a new year and a new decade. I started this year looking back a bit further. You see, last year marked 30 years since the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, undoubtedly the most important socio-political moment in my life and that of millions of others. Without it I would not be here,…

    • 6 Jan 2020
  • Stuck in a Nightclub

    By CIPD's Scotland Senior Public Policy Adviser, Marek Zemanik. 

    I am a recovering political adviser. OK, maybe that’s a bit unfair. I have not fought a war, battled addiction or been through a traumatic experience. But the last eight years have been bruising and exhausting for almost everyone involved in politics. This is especially true in Scotland, where we are currently in the midst of our eighth national election…

    • 2 Dec 2019
  • Behavioural Science: Man Behaving Curiously, part two: Challenging ascents and a sense of achievement

    By John McGurk, currently on sabbatical from the CIPD

    Proper teaching started on the 10th of September It has been a full‐on, roller-coaster learning experience since then. We started off with probably the most challenging learning experience any of us have experienced. Getting our heads round 'R' (open source statistical software) which is at the heart of data science, analysis and insight for the HR profession. It’s…

    • 22 Oct 2019
  • Behavioural Science: Man Behaving Curiously

    By John McGurk, currently on sabbatical from the CIPD.

    I have behaved curiously all my life. By curious I don’t mean unexplained weird behaviour or some kind of curtain twitching nosiness. I mean that I always want to learn and explore things. Though “lifelong learning” is an oft- used phrase, Here’s what it means for me as I embark on a sabbatical from the CIPD.

    As I fast approach my sixth decade…

    • 12 Sep 2019
  • Scotland the Blog: Skills to pay the bills?

    "Skills to pay the Bills” was a rap by the Beastie Boys in 1992, when I was halfway through university as a mature student learning new skills. Skills are key to improving productivity and pay, ensuring that we can build inclusive growth. 

    When I joined CIPD eleven years ago, I was asked to look at the Leitch report which recommended a focus on the supply of intermediate skills. Various other initiatives have…

    • 11 Oct 2018
  • Scotland’s ageing workforce: Time to act!

    In December, I am going to see Paul McCartney who is 76. He is still working on and (judging from the exorbitant ticket price I paid to see him at the Hydro), very much earning and productive! And he thought he would easing it back when he was 64!

    CIPD Head of Scotland and NI, Lee Panglea, has been working with leading academics, Age Scotland, Business in the Community Scotland and Scottish Government to look at how we…

    • 28 Sep 2018
  • Everyone is talking about the future of work

    When my local barber told me 'next time you get your hair cut you could be swiping your debit card on a machine, which will proceed to cut your hair with the option of holiday conversations or silent snipping.' I think “yes, I can see this happening”. 

    This week we worked with our academic colleagues at the CIPD’s Scottish centres: Edinburgh Napier University Business School’s Dr Kirsteen Grant, her…

    • 10 Sep 2018
  • Fair Work? Fair Enough. But what can and should people leaders in Scotland do?

    This week CIPD Scotland, in partnership with RBS, hosted the first Scottish Senior Employee Relations Network event. This network will share insight and good practice, and discuss and debate the changing employment picture to better inform and advise both the ER and wider HR profession and government on key opportunities and issues faced in the future world of work; particularly the inclusive and productive jobs agenda…

    • 31 Aug 2018
  • Scotland the Blog: Analytics, Hidden Figures and getting hard numbers on fair work

    CIPD Scotland hosted an HRD event on people analytics in Glasgow this week. A panel discussion brought together Ed Houghton, Acting Head of Research and Thought Leadership at the CIPD; John Stewart, HR Director at SSE, and Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD who positioned people analytics as a priority area for professional development and skills. The audience was made up of HR leaders and senior specialists in analytics as…

    • 17 Aug 2018
  • Scotland the Blog: Priming the People Pump means Thinking of all Sizes.

    I have written a lot recently about job quality and how important that is to raising the level of economic growth and productivity in Scotland. HM Treasury recently released some doleful news on Britain productivity performance, with estimates that it is now much lower than initially thought. Scotland performance on this front as a recent Fraser of Allander report shows isn’t exactly stellar. However one issue which really…

    • 3 Nov 2017
  • Decent, Fair, and Good to Middling: Why Job Quality is policy issue of the moment in Scotland and the UK

    Look at the photo. A man is standing with a placard outside the Apple Store in Glasgow advertising cheap iPhone repairs. This is without doubt a job. A person is paid to stand there with a placard. Maybe it works because people do maybe think ““nah forget Apple, I will take my iPhone to this little shop and get it fixed cheaply”. Perhaps he is on a zero- hour’s contract or a temporary job brokered by an agency. Maybe…

    • 7 Sep 2017
  • Pavement, Penthouse and the Quintile Question: How labour market inequality is the heart of the matter

    10 years on from the global financial crisis there has been a jobs rich recovery in U.K but not a recovery of rich jobs. I addressed this in my last blog post as the “recovery-less jobs” phenomenon in the context of Scotland. As two noted academics explained even prior to the global financial crisis, the labour market is highly segregated.

    ‘People can have lovely jobs with lots of stimulation, variety autonomy…

    • 18 Aug 2017
  • Recovery-less jobs? How Scotland is creating jobs but not growth

    Scotland is, according to the respected economic think-tank The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), teetering on the verge of recession. A recession is defined by economists as two consecutive quarters of falling output and there is a perception that Scotland may well experience this if adjustments to previous predictions of economic growth are taken into account.
    There is no value in pointing the finger at politicians…

    • 4 Aug 2017
  • The Ownership Effect Could Power up Productivity

    Scotland's latest unemployment rate fell to its lowest ever, now standing at 20% lower than the rest of the UK. That said we still have a significant number of people who have given up searching for work all together. Some don't like the jobs on offer and some who are in employment don't like the jobs they are in, they are engaged only by fear of benefit sanctions. Many work less hours than they would like and a lot are…

    • 14 Jul 2017
  • Why the Gender Pay Gap short-changes us all

    I have been reading about an amazing yet largely unknown eighteenth century Scotswoman Mary Somerville. She was born in Burntisland and became one of the most celebrated scientific authors in history. Her outstanding contribution to knowledge in the face of sexism and exclusion is commemorated in the Oxford College which bears her name. She was a woman in a man's world who had what we now call "STEM skills" in abundance…

    • 10 Jul 2017
  • Putting people to work on principle: the key to all our futures

    We’ve all had much more on our minds than politics recently. The election as we all know, turned out to be significant in Scotland and unprecedented in the UK. As usual at CIPD Scotland we look for what we can do to move forward and adjust. We look to tap into resilience and responsiveness.

    Issues and trends in the world of work will shape Scotland's future as much as the political landscape. The CIPD continues…

    • 28 Jun 2017
  • Scotland the Blog: Scottish Conference 2017 Working well to make work human in the capital

    CIPD Scotland brought our annual conference to Edinburgh’s Iconic Exhibition Centre on 2 March. Building on the success of the recent student conference our team of staff and volunteers worked with the same collaborative purpose to deliver for our members. Over 500 were present including over 400 delegates, our dedicated staff and volunteers, exhibitors and title sponsors Scottish Government. Mattioli Woods and Capita…

    • 8 Mar 2017
  • Future Talent, Technology and Innovation and an inspiring non-standard approach

    The CIPD's Scottish Student Conference held on 18 February at Strathclyde University Technology and Innovation Centre, focused on some big themes. Peter Cheese rallied us all with a focus on coping in complex and probably “too” interesting times. He talked of how we had to understand that technology was a tool not a replacement for humans and that we as the people and development profession had to support organisations…

    • 1 Mar 2017
  • Scotland the Blog: Why Diversity and Inclusion contribute to Working Well in Scotland

    On Tuesday February 7 CIPD Scotland delivered a business breakfast on Diversity and Inclusion in Scotland’s capital and financial hub Edinburgh. Working with City HR and Oracle Corporation we were guests of Standard Life. As one of Scotland leading financial services players’ Standard life are at the forefront of building a better workplace which takes care of people, helps them to achieve, and looks to identify and support…

    • 13 Feb 2017
  • Blue Monday doesn’t equate but getting informed about mental health does

    Today is Blue Monday - a day which, somewhat controversially, has come to be associated in the media with understanding depression. Mental ill-health is one of the biggest threats to well-being and a source of real pain and suffering for many and it costs society a great deal in lost work time and poor productivity, so it’s encouraging to see more people talking about it. Perhaps that’s why The Samaritans is seeing it…

    • 16 Jan 2017
  • Apprentices need Sorcerers like Sandy: How the levy must work in Scotland.

    This week the Scottish government published its response to a consultation on the operation of the apprentice levy in Scotland. This is the Westminster government’s key skills agenda, and many employers and their organisations have raised concerns about its impact and possible consequences. The cost focused and cash strapped oil and gas and construction and engineering sectors are a case in point. CIPD’s North of Scotland…

    • 12 Jan 2017