Everything you wanted to know about the gender pay gap

Writing or talking about the gender pay gap can be a tricky business. Whether it’s a piece in a national newspaper, or an informal (heated?) chat at your local coffee shop, discussions of the gender pay gap can cover a huge amount of ground, referencing cold, hard data, social norms and conventions, deeply-held opinions and everything in between. Is it really the gender pay gap you’re talking about, or is it unequal pay? How are these different, and do they interact? Why do different reports in the media use different figures for the pay gap? Is the pay gap even a thing anymore? (Spoiler alert: YES)

At Close the Gap we think it’s important that anyone interested in or working on any aspect of the gender pay gap is as informed as possible. That’s why we’ve just published a rundown of Scotland’s gender pay gap data, including a broad range of analyses and stats. Alongside this, we’ve published a FAQ which provides answers to all those zingers that come up whenever the gender pay gap is in the news or in your conversations.

Our Gender Pay Gap Statistics paper is for you if you like/need to get into the detail of the data, and gives an in-depth look at Scotland’s gender pay gap in 2018, including full-time and part-time pay gaps, pay gaps by occupational group, a comparison of the public and private sector, an intersectional analysis of the gender pay gap by ethnicity, age and disability, and more. While, our FAQ, Everything you wanted to know about the gender pay gap but were afraid to ask, takes a whistlestop tour of our most-asked questions (at events, on Twitter, round the dinner table) on the pay gap, and will provide you with everything you need to issue a sound rebuttal whenever that old chestnut – “the pay gap isn’t real” – comes up in conversation.

We hope you find our latest reports interesting, informative and useful. Keep an eye on the blog for details of our next research paper which looks at how the extension of the right to request flexible working has impacted access to flexible working (no spoilers forthcoming).

EVENT: Still Not Visible: BME Women’s Experiences of Employment in Scotland research launch

Close the Gap is launching a new report, Still Not Visible: Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Experiences of Employment in Scotland. The research explores BME women’s employment experiences including recruitment, workplace culture, training and childcare.

The research, which was undertaken by Close the Gap, demonstrates that BME women continue to face high levels of racism, racial prejudice, discrimination and bias in the labour market which ultimately impacts their ability to secure, retain and progress within sustainable, good employment.

Kaliani Lyle, former Independent Race Equality Adviser to the Scottish Government, will be chairing the event and there will be a keynote address from Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills.

Confirmed speakers include - Anna Ritchie Allan, Executive Director, Close the Gap, Dr Ima Jackson, Senior Lecturer School of Health and Life Science at Glasgow Caledonian University, Satwat Rehman, Director at One Parent Families Scotland and Carol Young, Senior Policy Officer at CRER.

The event will be held at:

09:30 – 13:15 on Tuesday 19th February 2019
Recital Room
City Halls & Old Fruitmarket
Glasgow, G1 1NQ

You can register for the free event here:

Lunch with be provided.

Support for childcare is available.

Where are disabled women in the Scottish Government’s Disability Employment Plan?

To further their ambition of at least halving the disability employment gap in Scotland, the Scottish Government have published an employment action plan for disabled people. The Plan proposes actions for supporting disabled people into employment, supporting employers to recruit and retain disabled people and improving the employment experience.

Disabled women are undoubtedly affected by the disability employment gap and, at Close the Gap, our work has shown that disabled women face dual labour market disadvantage on account of their gender and disability. Disabled women also face different barriers to employment than the barriers faced by disabled men.

November monthly reading roundup

This month has seen Women’s labour market equality in the spotlight; November 10th was the UK’s Equal Pay Day, highlighting the gender pay gap and marking the day that women effectively stop earning compared to their male counterparts. Women’s state pension age rose to match that of men, prompting concerns over the welfare of older women.The 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence have begun; this year’s theme is Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work which has built on the success of campaigns such as #MeToo in highlighting the scale of sexual harassment and assault at work. After such a busy month, you deserve a cup of tea while we catch you up on all things women and work.

16 days of activism

The 25th of November marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism for the elimination of violence against women and girls, an international campaign started in 1991 by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. The campaign aims to raise awareness about violence against women as an enduring social problem that undermines communities and workplaces.