United Kingdom - Pay gap part-time work in Scotland more severe than in the rest of the UK - February 28, 2019

According to a report by Scottish Parliament Information Centre, Scotland has one of the highest gender pay gaps in the UK when it comes to part-time work. Whilst the gender pay gap between Scots men and women in full-time work with 5.7% is now the lowest in Britain with an UK average of 8.6%, this is not the case for part-time workers. But part-time workers are three times more likely to be women with average pay of 195 pounds a week. Here the pay gap is 7.8% which is the worst across the UK outside London. The Scottish Trades Union Congress called for a culture change in attitudes towards work carried out by women. They the under-valuation of ‘women’s work’ is at the heart of the problem. Closing the gap must therefore involve increasing the pay of low-paid, female-dominated occupations such as carers, cleaners, clerical workers, and catering assistants.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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