The SNP Government have been told to use devolved powers to close the gender pay gap – and boost the Scottish economy by a massive £17.2billion.
MSPs probing the unfair gulf between men and women in work set out their demands in a hard-hitting report published today.
Among the proposals, Holyrood’s Economy Committee said:
● Firms should have to reveal their own pay gap if they want to bid for lucrative public contracts.
● The Government should set up programmes to improve chances for people returning to work.
● The female-dominated care sector should be given a greater status by the Government.
● And enterprise agencies should have to prove they’re fully committed to a fair pay scheme by focusing on gender inequality.
The long-running inquiry heard first-hand from women in work, who lifted the lid on dreadful experiences with pay compared to male colleagues.
Complaints included a deep-rooted “old boys’ network” and the assumption that women can’t work as well after having children.
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