Public Procurement and Property
Implementation of Fair Work First in Scottish Public Procurement Update SPPN 6/2021
We have published a new Scottish Procurement Policy note, SPPN 6/2021.
This policy note supersedes advice contained in SPPN 3/2021 – Implementation of Fair Work First in Scottish Public Procurement, which was published on 15 March 2021, and has been withdrawn.
Since the publication of SPPN 3/2021, Ministers have announced the expansion of Fair Work First in response to challenges faced in the labour market through the addition of two new elements to Fair Work First. The new elements seek to support flexible and family friendly working practices for all workers from the first day of employment and to oppose the use of fire and rehire practices.
Public bodies have already been applying Fair Work First to relevant procurements that commenced on, or after, 1 April 2021. Public bodies should now take action to update their procurement processes to apply the updated Fair Work First to all new regulated procurement processes which commence on, or after, 1 October 2021, if relevant and proportionate to do so.