These Scot­tish women speak to No.1 about their own ex­pe­ri­ences



When I re­turned to my work af­ter ma­ter­nity leave I ap­plied for flex­i­ble work­ing on a set day ba­sis and part-time hours. I was de­nied both of these and was also told if I wanted to re­duce my hours to 22 I would have to step down from my Se­nior po­si­tion to Sup­port Worker level (af­ter be­ing with the com­pany for eight years). I ended up hav­ing to go back to a 33-hour week and no set days. We were very lucky that our child­min­der was will­ing to be flex­i­ble with us, I would not have been able to re­turn to work if she couldn’t.


Be­fore I had a child, I earned a third more pro rata. But un­for­tu­nately there are zero op­por­tu­ni­ties to climb the lad­der whilst work­ing re­duced hours. The Govern­ment needs to im­prove on statu­tory pay, to pro­tect those who are self-em­ployed or who work for small em­ploy­ers. The gap between coun­cil nursery and pri­vate nursery ur­gently needs to be bridged to make it more cost ef­fec­tive for par­ents to work.


I work as a so­lic­i­tor and the gen­der gap is very real. There’s a his­toric “old boys school” club that’s so dif­fi­cult to get into, although the ma­jor­ity of law grad­u­ates are now fe­male it’s still very dif­fi­cult to progress to part­ner, as­so­ciate etc. I know a lot of the big firms of­fer sup­port for fe­male col­leagues but small firms don’t care. Our male coun­ter­parts are paid more and treated dif­fer­ently. How­ever, the Law So­ci­ety does a lot to help fe­males and I cur­rently work in a firm where the ma­jor­ity of so­lic­i­tors are fe­male so I’m lucky.

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