What we do

Close the Gap has two decades' experience of working with policymakers, employers, and unions on women and work. We are experts on the barriers which affect women’s participation in Scotland's labour market.


We work with policymakers working around the labour market, skills and education to advocate that policy recognises women's experiences. Our publications section contains policy reports, research and analysis that provide evidence and analysis of women's experiences of the labour market in Scotland. We also develop consultation responses and parliamentary briefings. You can also find more information in our policymakers section.


We work with companies, on a confidential basis, to support them to take action that will address the gender pay gap in their business. You can find more information in our employer section.

Public sector bodies

We work with individual public bodies and sector representative bodies to support work to address women's inequality, and to meet the requirements of the public sector equality duty. You can find more information and links to related resources in our employer section.

Trade union reps

We have worked with a number of individual trade unions to raise awareness of women's inequality at work, and to build capacity among reps to tackle unequal pay, and the gendered barriers that women face with their workplaces. You can find more information and links to related resources in our union rep section.


Related publications

Annual review 2018-19Annual review 2018-19

Be What You Want - Teacher's ResourceBe What You Want - Teacher's Resource

Briefing - gender and the workplace, June 2016Briefing - gender and the workplace, June 2016 Close the Gap's briefing to MSPs for the Scottish Parliament debate on gender and the workplace, 29 June 2016

Close the Gap Working Paper 20: Gender pay gap statisticsClose the Gap Working Paper 20: Gender pay gap statistics This paper provides the latest gender pay gap statistics for Scotland and revisits the complexities of measuring and reporting on the pay gap.

Missing out on the benefits?Missing out on the benefits? Close the Gap commissioned researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University to investigate the extent to which Scottish employers are taking actions to close any gender pay gaps.

Prepare your daughterPrepare your daughter The campaign poster 'Prepare your daughter for working life' was to highlight the fact that even after 40 years of the Equal Pay Act there is still a pay gap in Scotland of 12 per cent.