Women in the UK aged between 50 and 59 earn on average 20.5% less than their male counterparts, facing a gender pay gap significantly larger than the UK-wide gap of 14.2%, therefore it is clear that the impact of women’s labour market inequality is compounded over a working lifetime.
Scotland’s gender pay gap remains high at 11.5%
This edition for September and October captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes, including pay discrimination and occupational segregation.
After months of campaigning, discussion and debate, what is arguably the biggest political event of a generation is almost upon us. With just over two weeks to go until the referendum, Close the Gap launched a new working paper ‘Women and work: What comes next in a post-referendum Scotland?’ at a Constitutional Café event with Engender, Electoral Reform Society Scotland, and Scottish Women’s Aid on Saturday 30 August 2014.The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the implications for women and work in the context of the independence debate, to describe what needs to happen to effect positive change, and to identify the levers that are available in the event of either outcome.
Close the Gap are joining forces with our friends at Engender to host a discussion event on women and the referendum. This ‘constitutional café’ will be held at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, on 30 August from 10.30-12.30.
Close the Gap has recently been involved in the development of a joint position paper on gender and welfare reform in Scotland. This important piece of work was led by Engender, Scotland’s gender equality organisation, in response to steadily increasing alarm at the impact of the UK government’s welfare reform programme on women in Scotland.
New working paper: Shifting the Balance? Exploring the trade union responses to tackling gendered occupational segregation
Close the Gap has recently launched a new working paper, Shifting the Balance? Exploring the trade union responses to tackling gendered occupational segregation, which aims to assess what work is being undertaken by trade unions to address occupational segregation.
Close the Gap have calculated the difference in pay between women and men working in Scotland using the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) tables released from the Office of National Statistics.
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'Shifting the Balance? Exploring trade union responses to gendered occupational segregation', which was to take place on Tuesday 19 February, has been postponed. It is envisaged that it will be rescheduled for a date in late 2013. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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.
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.