Difference Narrower in Scotland Than UK
Graeme has welcomed figures showing the gender pay gap in Scotland has fallen to a record low.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings shows the gender pay gap in Scotland fell from 3% in 2022 to 1.7% in 2023 – the lowest since the series began in 1997. At the same time, the gap increased from 7.6% to 7.7% in the UK as a whole.
The ONS survey also shows full-time women’s weekly pay in Scotland rose 10.6% over the year – the largest annual increase of the 12 countries and regions of the UK.
Wages for full-time employees rose higher in Scotland with median weekly pay increasing 9.7% over the year to hit £702.80 in 2023. The UK-wide figure was up 6.2% to £681.70.
The ONS survey was published ahead of Living Wage Week, which highlights its benefits to businesses, employees and the economy. In Scotland in 2022, 91% of over-18s were paid at least the real Living Wage – the highest rate of the four nations in the UK.
The Scottish Government is committed to continuing to improve women’s access to the workforce, including a series of actions to support women in entrepreneurship and expanded access to funded childcare for low-income families.
The gender pay gap quoted is calculated as the difference between the median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) for full-time men and women as a proportion of the median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) for full-time men.
Earnings quoted are gross median weekly earnings for full-time employees.
The latest available statistics for those earning at least the real living wage are for 2022.