Scot­land’s gen­der pay gap makes its way to the board­room

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By TOM PETERKIN

Scot­land has seen a widen­ing of the gen­der pay gap amongst man­agers and se­nior em­ploy­ees over the past six years, new fig­ures have re­vealed.

The in­creased dis­par­ity be­tween salar­ies re­ceived by men and women in Scot­land con­trasts with the clos­ing gen­der pay gap in the rest of the UK.

Labour anal­y­sis of of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics has re­vealed the male/fe­male pay gap amongst “man­agers and se­nior of­fi­cials” has in­creased by 3.6 per cent since 2011. Over the same pe­riod, the same gap was re­duced by 6.6 per­cent­age points across the the rest of the UK.

The fig­ures also show there was a 2.2 per­cent­age point in­crease in the gen­der pay gap among “pro­fes­sional oc­cupa- tions” in Scot­land, com­pared to 1.3 in the rest of the UK.

The fig­ures were re­leased ahead of to­day’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the day women in the UK ef­fec­tively stop earn­ing for the year rel­a­tive to men. Labour econ­omy spokeswoman Jackie Bail­lie said: “Our econ­omy is held back by the glass ceil­ing which not only sees fewer women make it to the board­room – but if they get there, they’re paid less than male coun­ter­parts. Th­ese fig­ures show the pay gap ex­ists in our board rooms, not just our fac­tory floors.”

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