Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee 17-24 April 2017

Good morning, and to many of you, welcome to your overflowing, post-long weekend inboxes! We'll keep this one short and exciting to help fight those back to work blues. And if that doesn't work, there are plenty of chocolate eggs on offer...

Spring has sprung at Holyrood - or at least, it did for long enough to snap a few blue sky photos from the Parliament Garden. But there's been lots of blue sky thinking here as we look to our Committee business in the run to Summer recess. As part of our meeting today, we'll be discussing our work programme to the end of June, and we'll let you know next week what that looks like.

The first part of today's meeting (which starts at 9.30am - tune in to Parliament TV to watch) is continuing evidence on our gender pay gap inquiry. You may have seen that the gender pay gap was in the news a fair bit at the beginning of the month, as new reporting legislation came into force. This is something that's been covered by many of our witnesses to date in evidence sessions. If you want to see our inquiry remit, the written submissions we've received, and the Official Reports of meetings to date, it's all over on our website.

Today's meeting has two panels, with trade unions and the public sector the theme of the first, and professional organisations in the second. We have further sessions planned for next week and 2 May, when we'll finish our evidence with the enterprise agencies and the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work. After that, it's onto the report which we plan to publish in June.

As always, drop us a line or a tweet if you have any questions (and many thanks to those of you who answered our plea to help us get to 2000 followers- we're inching closer...slowly...)

Spring in the Parliament Garden

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