Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee 1-8 May 2017

Good morning to you! If, like us, you are struggling a bit with the whole post-holiday-Tuesday-feels-like-Monday feeling, then perhaps the antidote can be found in our final Gender Pay Gap evidence session. It starts shortly (9:30am) and features

  • Linda Murray, Head of Strategy, Scottish Enterprise
  • Carroll Buxton, Director of Regional Development, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Lynne Cadenhead, Chairman, Women's Enterprise Scotland
  • Elma Murray, Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council, Member, Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group.

And then from approximately 11am, our very last panel is made up of—

  • Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training
  • Lorraine Lee, Senior Policy Executive, Fair Work Directorate, Scottish Government
  • Emma Congreve, Economic Adviser, Housing and Social Justice Directorate, Scottish Government.
Two 17th century law books from the personal library of James Olgilvie, the last Chancellor of Scotland before the Act of Union in 1707, donated to the Parliament in 2004 and currently in the Dewar Room (courtesy of the Scottish Parliament Instragram account)

You can watch online or if you hurry, you can come and join us in person. After this week's session, we still have work to do but it's more behind the scenes as we agree our report. We're hoping to have that out the second half of June. But for now, can we say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the inquiry by submitting evidence, tweeting, and coming along to meetings. Special thanks also to the businesses we visited to hear their views.

Duck in the Parliament pond, courtesy of the Scottish Parliament Instagram account

Next week our focus turns to energy, as we prepare to start our scrutiny of the Scottish Government's draft Energy Strategy - more on that next week.

And finally, this week's photos have all come from the Scottish Parliament instagram account. If you enjoy sparkling banter, bits of trivia, behind the scene glimpses, and the many faces of the Parliament, pop over to see many more photos, or contribute your own. Until next week!

Trays of Sticky Catchfly seedlings wait to be planted in our wildflower meadow by Royal Botanic Gardens staff, who work in partnership with the Parliament to make the landscaped area around Holyrood home to as many native flowers, grasses and trees as possible. Courtesy Scottish Parliament instagram account.

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