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Holyrood Committee launches gender pay gap inquiry 16/02/2017 The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Fair Work and Jobs Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of equal pay.

Holyrood Committee launches gender pay gap inquiry

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Fair Work and Jobs Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of equal pay.

According to current research:

  • Progress on closing the pay gap has been so slow that on current trends it will not be eradicated until 2069 – or 99 years after the 1970 Equal Pay Act, with women working full-time in Scotland still earning on average 6.2% less than men.
  • The largest pay gaps are found in skilled trades and management, with finance and insurance the industrial sector with the highest pay gap, at 29.9%. This is a sector where 51% of employees are women.
  • According to UK government figures, equalising women’s productivity could add almost £600bn to the economy, while if the 2.2 million women who wanted to work could find suitable jobs, 10% could be added to the size of the economy by 2030.

“Equal pay is still not a reality for many working people in Scotland. An important question for the committee will be: is this holding back Scotland’s economic growth?” said Convener of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, Gordon Lindhurst MSP. “The committee will examine whether addressing the gender pay gap could positively affect Scotland’s business performance. We want to know: what is the effect of unequal pay on the Scottish public sector? And crucially, what action is required from the Scottish Government to tackle the issue?”

The deadline for submitting evidence to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee is 10th March. The Committee will produce a report on its findings on the gender pay gap, including policy recommendations, in June.

Further details can be found here.

 

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