Women in Scotland £70,000 worse off
New analysis by Scottish Labour of official government figures has found that women can expect to earn £70,000 less over their lifetime than men.
The gender pay gap rises over women’s working lives, from 8 per cent when women enter the labour market to a whopping 22 percent by the time they leave (see the chart below). Over the years, women make on average more than £70,000 less than their male equivalents.
In 2017, the average wage in Scotland was £23,150. That means women lose on average more than three years of pay over their working life.
Labour have suggested a tougher gender auditing system to guarantee equal pay and treatment in all professions, as well as bolstering the minimum wage to a real living wage - a move that would benefit women most of all.
Responding to the figures, Scottish Labour’s Economy spokesperson Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“It is shameful that under the SNP and the Tories women in Scotland could earn £73,620 less than men on average well into their careers.
"Closing the gender pay gap isn’t just a question of fairness – it is essential for our economy.
"There is so much more to do to shatter the glass ceiling for women. Only Labour will take the radical steps to close the pay gap for good, like a real living wage and forcing companies to publish pay ratios.
"If a company thinks a woman is worth a lower wage than a man then under Labour we’ll force them to admit it.
“This gross inequality is wrong and is holding Scotland’s economy back - it must be tackled by the SNP and the Tories as a matter of urgency.”