Challenging poverty means challenging women’s inequality at work

One of the key messages of this year’s Challenge Poverty Week is that poverty affects us all. At Close the Gap, we know that it affects women. We know this because the evidence shows that poverty in Scotland is gendered.

By this we mean that women are more likely to be in poverty than men; women are more likely to experience in-work poverty; women find it harder to escape poverty and are more likely to experience persistent poverty than men.

September monthly reading roundup

There are normally very few things that brighten up a Monday morning, but our monthly reading roundup is here just in time for an extra long coffee break (you deserve it!). September saw the marking of the first mothers’ equal pay day, parliament saw its first baby attendee and we all wished Serena Williams would be our best friend.

August monthly reading roundup

Our monthly news round-up is back! This month includes stories on the UK gender pay gap regulations, falling numbers of female apprentices, and unfair recruitment practice in higher education. Why not make yourself a cup of tea and take ten minutes out to catch up on our August bulletin on all things women and work?

Scot women shout out

Women’s campaign groups, equalities organisations, and individual gender advocates in Scotland do amazing things, often with very limited resources, and little attention. We are planning to highlight some of the people and groups making women’s equality happen, to celebrate their work and inspire others to take action. We’ll be doing this on Monday using the hashtag


We are hiring!

Close the Gap is hiring!

We’re looking for an enthusiastic person with strong organising skills to provide administrative support to contribute to the effective delivery of Close the Gap’s work. Committed to women’s labour market equality, you’ll be working within our small, busy team and also supporting the development of our policy and project work.

There's some further information on the role below, including closing and interview dates, and a link to the application pack.

Development Assistant

Salary: £20,000 (plus 10% pension)
Hours: 34 hours per week
Location: The post is based in Glasgow city centre at 166 Buchanan Street.

Close the Gap is committed to being an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. Flexible working options are available for this role.

The post is fixed term, funded until 31 March 2020.

Organisation profile

Close the Gap is Scotland’s national policy and advocacy organisation working on women’s labour market participation. We work strategically with policymakers, employers and unions to address the causes of women’s inequality at work. We have been operating since 2001.

Application notes

You can download the application pack and equalities monitoring form here:

Development Assistant application pack

Equalities monitoring form

Completed electronic applications must be sent to:

You may also return your application by post to:

Close the Gap
Third Floor
166 Buchanan Street
Glasgow G1 2LW

The closing date for all applications is Friday 18 May 2018. Interviews will be held on Monday 4 June or Tuesday 5 June 2018. You will hear from us by Monday 28 May 2018 if you are being invited to interview.

We value diversity in our workforce, and welcome enquiries from everyone.