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