Later today, the Scottish Government will publish A Fairer Scotland for Women: Gender Pay Gap Action Plan.
Our action plan outlines the cross Government approach and sets out the steps we will take in partnership with our stakeholders, to tackle the causes of the gender pay gap in Scotland. It is part of our approach to delivering Fair Work and builds on many existing Scottish Government strategies.
We have developed the actions with a Working Group with representatives from Close the Gap, the STUC, Engender, Equate, and academia. It allows us to ensure that gender issues are considered within policy design and services that advance women’s equality, particularly in relation to tackling poverty, promoting access to and progression within good jobs, and supporting business growth.
Actions within the plan for addressing gender stereotyping, sexual harassment and labour market inequalities include:
- improving the collection of data to help inform policy development;
- working with enterprise and skills agencies and employers, for example, through Letters of Guidance, procurement and financial levers;
- promoting gender equality within early years and child care, schools, colleges, universities, employability programmes and social security support;
- encouraging employers in the public, private and third sectors to tackle the causes of the gender pay gap in their own organisations;
- expanding the Workplace Equality Fund;
- funding £5m three year women returners programme; and
- funding a feasibility study for a ‘Centre for Flexible Work’ for Scotland.
The Gender Pay Gap Action Plan can be viewed at www.gov.scot/publications/fairer-scotland-women-gender-pay-gap-action-plan/ .