The Gender Pay Gap is a consistent topic throughout the year, and 2016 could be included by the assistance of recent figures from Scotland’s councils which highlight details of the problem. The pay gap between men and women is costing female council workers in Scotland around £4,000 a year. This is shocking to most people and advertising the fact that recruitment in some industries is not fair still. This is not the case for most of the work force but the gap still causes some concern.
Women employed by Scottish councils are paid on average 15 per cent less a year than their male counterparts, according to the new figures. The difference – which equates to £3,848 a year – is calculated from the latest average salaries provided by 28 councils in Scotland.
Despite efforts to address the gender pay gap the data highlights that women compared to men are still predominantly employed in poorly paid, low status work that is often part time. The divide persists despite a number of high-profile equality cases having been brought against local authorities in recent years in a bid to stamp it out.
Polly Trenow, from a Women’s rights charity, said: “Progress on the pay gap has stalled in both the private and public sector but with real commitment from government and employers, together with action from women and men at work, we could speed up progress towards the day when we can consign it to history.”