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Fair work practices in procurement: toolkit

Published: 5 Jul 2018

Practical tools for public bodies and suppliers to use at key stages of the procurement process.

5 Jul 2018
Fair work practices in procurement: toolkit

Please note: the contents of this page is currently undergoing a review. For further information on payment of the real Living Wage in a procurement process, please see the Fair Work and Procurement section of the Scottish Government website.
For information on Fair Work First in Scottish Public Procurements, including an updated Fair Work First question, please see 
SPPN 06/2021. Please direct all questions to the

It supports:

The tools, which can be accessed below, include information sheets, practical tools and examples.

Information sheets

  • frequently asked questions
  • what is fair work?
  • what is the real Living Wage?
  • what are fair work practices?
  • other useful resources

Practical tools

  • fair work practices commodity/service strategy: checklist
  • fair work commodity/service strategy: flowchart
  • developing a fair work criterion

Examples of ...

  • statements for procurement documents
  • fair work commodity/service strategy: checklist - home support services
  • fair work invitation to tender criterion - home support services
  • scoring methodology
  • checklist for evaluation panel members
  • good tender responses
  • feedback to bidders

Information sheets

What is fair work?

1 page PDF
270.8 kB

What is the real Living Wage?

1 page PDF
231.6 kB

What are fair work practices?

7 page PDF
363.8 kB

Fair work: useful resources

4 page PDF
183.0 kB

Practical tools