Date lodged: 28 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its policy is on addressing gender pay gaps that may exist within contractors that are used by public bodies, including the Scottish Police Authority.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 24 July 2017
Contractors are expected to comply with social, environmental and labour laws and obligations including the Equality Act 2010. Statutory Guidance on the selection of tenderers and award of contracts, ‘Addressing Fair Work Practices, including the Living Wage, in Procurement’, published by the Scottish Government in October 2015 is clear that we expect contractors who deliver public contracts to adopt policies which demonstrate their compliance with relevant employment, equality and health and safety law, human rights standards and adherence to relevant collective agreements. We further expect contractors to have policies which describe how they adopt fair work practices for all workers engaged on delivering the public contract.
In addition, the Scottish Government’s template terms and conditions for contracts contains a clause which states that the contractor “must not unlawfully discriminate against any person within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 in its activities relating to the Contract or any other contract with the Purchaser.”