Scotland leads the way in reducing gender pay gap

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New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show Scotland is leading the way in the UK in reducing the gender pay gap.

The figures show a 1.8 percentage point fall in the full-time median earnings of men and women, compared with just one-fifth percentage point drop across the UK.

The gap between men and women’s pay is now 7.3% in Scotland, and 9.4% across the UK, according to the ONS.

The Fair Work secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “While the gender pay gap is lower than the rest of the UK, we realise there is more work to do.

“The pay gap is still too wide and while we have more women in work, they are much more likely to be in lower-paid work, often without the stability and assurance that their job is secure.”

The figures will be welcomed by the Scottish Government following poor unemployment figures in Q3, where it was revealed it was the only region in the UK to have rising unemployment – a rise of 0.1 percentage point.

Ms Cunningham also highlighted Scotland’s positive record on female employment, with figures showing Scotland to have some of Europe’s lowest female unemployment rates.

Wages generally have narrowed between the UK and Scotland. For the year ending 5 April 2015, UK weekly earnings were £528, compared to £527 in Scotland.

 

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