Scottish Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Caron Lindsay today said that, despite moves in the right direction, it is fundamentally wrong that women are still paid considerably less than men 46 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed
New statistics from the Office for National Statistics Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings show that the gender pay gap decreased from 7.7% in 2015 to 6.2% in 2016.
Commenting Ms Lindsay said:
“While, it is welcome that the gender pay gap has narrowed slightly in Scotland, it is fundamentally wrong that women are still paid considerably less than men 46 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed.
“There is a great deal of work to be done. Sizeable inequalities still persist in some sectors and occupations, men are still twice as likely to be in senior management positions and there are still far too few women at the top of public sector organisations.
“Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Jo Swinson did excellent work on this issue nationally and now the Scottish Government needs to use the powers at its disposal to ensure women working across Scotland are not disadvantaged by virtue of their gender.
“As well as addressing a fundamental unfairness, we need the benefit of the diverse talents of everyone to increase productivity and boost the economy.”