Gender Pay Gap


About the Inquiry

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee is holding an inquiry into the gender pay gap. The inquiry will focus on the following areas:

  • how we define and measure the gender pay gap
  • the gender pay gap in Scotland's sectors
  • Scottish Government action that is being taken, and can be taken, to reduce the gender pay gap

The remit for the inquiry is:

To explore the effect of the gender pay gap on the Scottish economy, with a particular focus on business performance, the Scottish public sector and Scottish Government action required to address the issue.

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The inquiry call for views closed on 10 March 2017 (more information below).

Evidence sessions are scheduled for:

  • 7 March
  • 14 March
  • 28 March
  • 18 April
  • 25 April
  • 2 May

The Committee expects to publish its final report before summer recess 2017. 


The Committee issued its call for views on 15 December 2016. The closing date for submissions was Friday 10 March 2017. 

Read the call for views

Read the Written Submissions

From 1-10 March, we asked you to send us your answers on twitter to the question, "Ending the Gender Pay Gap matters because...". You can see submissions received on Storify.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

At its meeting on 7 March, the Committee held its introductory evidence session. The Committee took evidence from:

  • Anna Ritchie Allan, Close the Gap;
  • Emma Ritch, Executive Director, Engender;
  • Chris Oswald, Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland.
  • Professor Patricia Findlay, Fair Work Convention;
  • Professor Wendy Loretto, University of Edinburgh Business School;
  • Emily Thomson, Women in Scotland's Economy (WiSE Research Centre), Glasgow Caledonian University;
  • Dr Irina Merkurieva, University of St Andrews;
  • Professor Fiona Wilson, Adam Smith Business School, The University of Glasgow;
  • Professor Ian Wall, Chair, STEMEC (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Committee).

Tuesday 14 March 2017

The Committee took evidence on Education and Skills and the Financial Sector:

  • Talat Yaqoob, Director, Equate Scotland
  • Tanya Castell, Non Executive Director and CEO, Changing the Chemistry
  • Shona Struthers, Chief Executive, Colleges Scotland
  • Katie Hutton, Director, National Training Programmes, Skills Development Scotland
  • Professor Gillian Hogg, Deputy Principal (External Relations), Heriot-Watt University, Universities Scotland
  • Tricia Nelson, Partner, EY
  • Debbie Crosbie, Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Director, Clydesdale Bank
  • Gillian MacLellan, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
  • Debbie Miller, Inclusion Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland 

Tuesday 28 March 2017

The Committee took evidence from large private and public sector employers:

  • Shirley Campbell, Director for People, Scottish Water
  • Rosie MacRae, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, SSE
  • Megan Horsburgh, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo UK & Ireland
  • Catriona Mackie, HR Director, Diageo Global Supply, Diageo
  • Katy Miller, Head of Human Resources, City of Edinburgh Council, COSLA
  • Peter Reekie, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Investments,Scottish Futures Trust
  • Nicky Page, Head of People Management, Police Scotland
  • Ian Reid, Director of Human Resources, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Diane Vincent, Director of People and Organisational Development, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Tuesday 18 April 2017

The Committee took evidence from the Public Sector and from Professional Organisations:

  • Peter Hunter, Regional Manager, UNISON Scotland;
  • Cheryl Gedling, Industrial Officer, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS);
  • Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, STUC;
  • Richard Hardy, National Secretary, Prospect;

  • Val Dougan, Equality and Diversity Committee, Law Society of Scotland;
  • Kevin Burnett C. Eng, MICE, MIStructE, President, Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland;
  • Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care;
  • Professor Catriona Paisey, Professor of Accounting at Glasgow University, member of the ICAS Council and Ethics Board, ICAS. 

Tuesday 25 April 2017

The Committee will take evidence from Economists and Business and Employer Organisations.

Tuesday 2 May 2017

The Committee will take evidence from the Enterprise Agencies and Scottish Government Ministers.