Close the Gap works in Scotland on women's participation in the labour market, and has been operating since 2001. They work with policymakers, employers and employees to influence and enable action to address the causes of women's inequality at work.
We are delighted to be launching Equally Safe at Work, an
innovative and world-leading employer accreditation programme that will enable local
government employers to advance gender equality and prevent violence against
women. This coincides with a debate in Scottish Parliament happening later
today at 5:00PM, after Gail Ross MSP lodged a motion welcoming the programme’s
Writing or talking about the gender pay gap can be a tricky
business. Whether it’s a piece in a national newspaper, or an informal
(heated?) chat at your local coffee shop, discussions of the gender pay gap can
cover a huge amount of ground, referencing cold, hard data, social norms and
conventions, deeply-held opinions and everything in between. Is it really the
gender pay gap you’re talking about, or is it unequal pay? How are these
different, and do they interact? Why do different reports in the media use
different figures for the pay gap? Is the pay gap even a thing anymore?
(Spoiler alert: YES)
Close the Gap is launching a new report, Still Not Visible: Black and
Minority Ethnic Women’s Experiences of Employment in Scotland. The research explores BME women’s employment experiences including
recruitment, workplace culture, training and childcare.
their ambition of at least halving the disability employment gap in Scotland, the
Scottish Government have published an employment
action plan for disabled people. The Plan proposes actions for supporting
disabled people into employment, supporting employers to recruit and retain
disabled people and improving the employment experience.
This month has seen Women’s labour market equality in the
spotlight; November 10th was
the UK’s Equal Pay Day, highlighting the gender pay gap and marking the day that
women effectively stop earning compared to their male counterparts. Women’s state pension age rose to match that of men, prompting concerns over
the welfare of older women.The 16 days of activism against Gender
Based Violence have begun; this year’s theme is Ending Gender-Based Violence in
the World of Work which has built on the success of campaigns such as #MeToo in
highlighting the scale of sexual harassment and assault at work. After such a busy month, you deserve a cup of tea while we catch you up on all
things women and work.