fair work first

Our fair work commitment 


LGBT Youth Scotland is committed to the Scottish Government’s Fair Work First Policy. 


We are striving to be an organisation which sees employees engaged in what we do and supported through training and development opportunities. We promote positive approaches to make LGBT Youth Scotland a flexible, dynamic and inclusive place to work.  


We endeavour to support staff to be happy and healthy at work, and therefore successful in their roles to ensure that Scotland is the best place for LGBTQ+ young people to flourish and thrive. This statement has been jointly agreed with the Staff Forum.


Appropriate channels for effective employee voice


  • We believe in empowering employees’ voices and offering different avenues of engagement including but not limited to: an ideas bank, anonymous reporting, all staff meetings with the CEO and Leadership Team, sub-groups and employee surveys on specific topics. All staff also engage in supervision with their line manager, allowing a regular means of communication and support.
  • We have an active staff forum. The staff forum is a group from across all areas of the organisation whose role is to work alongside the CEO, ensuring staff voices are represented in specific pieces of work which may have an impact on staff or are important to the Charity as a whole. Examples of topics for engagement include discussions relating to staff remuneration and policy development.

Investment in workforce development


  • We have created a learning and development matrix for all job roles to allow us to provide targeted training opportunities to staff. Learning and development is also informed through individual personal development plans.
  • We have a Capacity Building Manager who develops an annual programme of training for our staff team.


No inappropriate use of zero-hour contracts


  • We do not use or issue zero-hour contracts.
  • We offer contracts on a permanent basis where possible, with the exclusion of fixed term projects.
  • Our contracts reflect agreed regular working hours and working patterns.


Payment of at least the real living wage


  • Our salary scale is transparent and available to all staff.
  • LGBT Youth Scotland’s minimum entry point is above the Real Living Wage.


Flexible and family friendly working


  • We support our staff to work flexibly; at the time and in the location that best meets the needs of the organisation, the job, the employee and the team.  We embrace flexibility where possible with remote working, home-based working, hybrid working and more permanent flexible working options with trial periods.
  • We have IT systems, processes and equipment that support flexible working practices.
  • We have a family friendly policy which includes enhanced payments to support staff.


Creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace


  • We are committed to an inclusive culture that welcomes all people for who they are. We are implementing an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme through our Intersectional Working Group, that recognises that we need diverse people to work across the organisation and to better support our young people.
  • We provide regular equality, diversity and human rights training to staff.
  • We have policies addressing bullying, harassment, discrimination and victimisation in the workplace. Staff are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity at work.


Oppose the use of fire and rehire practices


  • We oppose fire and rehire practices and do not engage in this practice at LGBT Youth Scotland.