Free webinar on gender and economic recovery

Following the publication of our 9 principles for an economic recovery that work for women, Close the Gap and Engender are hosting a webinar to discuss how to ensure that Scotland's economic recovery does not leave women behind. The webinar is free and you can register here.

50 years on, what will it take to realise equal pay for equal work?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Equal Pay Act, which guarantees equal pay for equal work for both women and men. Coronavirus aside, the world now looks very different than it did fifty years ago. We have seen some important steps towards closing the pay gap, however we are still a long way away from true equality for women. One place where this is acutely clear is the value attributed to women’s work.

Disproportionate disruption: New Close the Gap report shows women will be harder hit by COVID-19 job disruption

Much analysis has been published detailing the anticipated labour market impacts of COVID-19 including the predicted “jobs recession”. However, to date there has been a lack of focus afforded to the specific impacts on women’s employment. Our latest briefing highlights that women will experience disproportionate labour market disruption as a result of the pandemic.

Women, work and COVID-19: the stark implications for women’s poverty

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, poverty in Scotland was gendered. Women were more likely to be in poverty; more likely to experience in-work poverty; and were more likely to experience persistent poverty than men.

Are you a BME woman? Participate in an event to shape solutions to BME women’s inequality at work.

Last year, Close the Gap published research on Black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s experiences of employment in Scotland. We are now developing a set of recommendations for employers to address the problems raised in the research and we are looking for BME women to get involved.

Lockdown on the gender pay gap

The world looks very different than it did a year ago, even a month ago. The impact of COVID-19 is widespread and has implications for every part of society, with specific impacts on women’s labour market inequality and wider inequality.

One casualty of the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis is employer gender pay gap reporting. While this may not seem like a priority in the current circumstances, women’s pre-existing inequality means women are more at risk as they are the majority of frontline workers spearheading the response to the virus and are doubly impacted by increased caring responsibilities as childcare and social care provision dries up. For those women in precarious employment these additional responsibilities are even harder to accommodate due to variable hours and a lack of sick pay, increasing their insecurity in these already challenging times.

Coronavirus brings new focus to women’s continued workplace inequality

The impacts of COVID-19 are being felt by us all, with huge changes transpiring across our working lives and beyond. At this stage, coronavirus is not just a health crisis, but an economic crisis that will have long-term implications. The longer-term consequences will impact women’s equality by exacerbating pre-existing inequalities, particularly where our response is not well-gendered.

The Gender Pay Gap Manifesto: the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections are an opportunity to realise fair work for women

The focus on the gender pay gap has never been sharper, yet we are still very far from meaningful progress on the inter-related barriers women face in entering and progressing in employment and we have not yet realised fair work for women.

Close the Gap research finds that fixed term contracts are amplifying the inequalities and disadvantage that women face in the tech industry

At Close the Gap, we’ve started exploring how automation and the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ will drive changes in women’s experiences of work. To date, despite automation being something of a hot topic, little attention has been afforded to the impact on women’s employment specifically.

New legislation puts gender equality at the heart of the Scottish National Investment Bank

Facilitating changes in policy can be a slow process, and it’s often very difficult to measure your impact and success. So, when your advocacy has a clear and tangible impact, we don’t think it should pass without note!

The detrimental impact domestic abuse has on women’s employment

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 dedicated to raising awareness that violence against women is an enduring social problem.

Equal Pay Day sharpens the focus on pay discrimination

Recent data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that Scotland’s gender pay gap had narrowed ever so slightly from 14% to 13%. We aren’t celebrating though because it still represents a lifetime of inequality for working women.

The Living Wage can loosen the grip of women’s poverty

Living Wage Week is an opportunity to recognise the importance of the living wage in lifting women out of poverty and enabling fair work for women.

New Close the Gap research finds flexible working regulations aren't making work more flexible for women

In 2010, the UK Government extended the right to request flexible working regulations to all employees. Close the Gap’s new research, Flexible Working for All?, looks at the availability and uptake of flexible working in Scotland between 2010 and 2015 to identify whether this regulatory change has resulted in increased flexible working across Scotland’s labour market.

Reading roundup - May/June

What a busy few months we’ve had! We supported the #KidsCantWait campaign and called for early implementation of the family income supplement, our Still Not Visible research was supported by MSPs, and our Policy Manager, Lindsey Millen graced the pages of Third Force News to school us all on the gender pay gap. Don’t worry if, like us, time has run away from you; we’ve curated a selection of the essential reading on women and the labour market from the last two months.