Close the Gap weekly (2)

This week we have the Scottish Women's Budget Group reponse to the Draft Budget, more on Andy Gray the Sky presenter and news from Women in Technology.

Economics of Occupational Segregation: a free one-day course.

Occupational segregation, when women and men are clustered into certain occupations, is a significant cause of the gender pay gap in Scotland. Public sector bodies in Scotland have a duty to take action on occupational segregation as part of their work to bring about equal pay. Occupational segregation is one of two gender priorities identified by Scottish Ministers as part of the gender duty on the public sector. It is also recognised to be a barrier to economic productivity.

Close the Gap weekly (1)

Welcome to Close the Gap weekly. Here you will find a round up of events, news, latest research and consultations. This week we have news and events from Engender, Scottish Government and the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET.

'Edwardian' maternity leave to be able to be shared with fathers* under new proposals

The UK Government has announced that it will be conducting a root and branch reform of existing maternity and paternity leave entitlements, to move provision away from the existing 'Edwardian' arrangements. Speaking to Demos, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, set out details of a consultation process, which would ultimately seek to allow families to divide responsibilities for baby care in the way that most suits their needs. 

Jobs for the boys...and girls?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. CSW charts progress of states to deliver on the Beijing Platform of Action on women’s equality, agreed at the 4th World Conference on Women.

Exploring gender pay gap statistics

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published the results of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) for 2010. The gender pay gap in Scotland remains at 11.9% when we compare men’s full-time earnings and women’s full-time earnings. When we compare women’s part-time earnings to men’s full-time earnings the pay gap is 33.6%. This is almost an increase of 2% from 2009.

Equal Pay Day UK

Yesterday, Tuesday 2 November was Equal Pay Day. The Fawcett Society’s campaign aims to highlight the injustice of the gender pay gap. The headline UK average pay gap of 16.4% equates to women receiving their last pay check yesterday and working for free until the end of this year.