Scotland worst region in UK for gender pay gap where women earn £10,862 less

Women in Scotland earn £10,862 less than their male counterparts; according to a gender pay gap report from The Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

According to the research Scotland is the worst region in the UK for the gender pay gap, which currently stands at 29.2%.

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Data for the report was gathered from 60,000 employees.

The CMI has said that the difference in pay has been caused by the difference in promotion rates. It said this is the “main cause of gender pay gap”, which remained “largely unchanged UK-wide at 23.1 per cent compared with 22.8 per cent in 2015.”

The report found that overall only 10% of women were promoted into higher positions, compared to 14% of men.

The average full-time salary for men in the UK was revealed as £38,817, which was found to be £8,964 more than the average female manager’s. For employees that have been with a company for the past five years only 39% of women were given a promotion, compared o 47% of men.

In a statement Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, said: “Promoting men ahead of women is keeping us all back.

“Diversity delivers better financial results, better culture and better decision making. Even before the new regulations kick in, employers need to get on board with reporting on their recruitment and promotion policies and how much they pay their men and women.

“Transparency and targets are what we need to deal with stubborn problems like the gender pay gap.”

The CMI’s report found that the more senior a position the wider the pay gap with those men in Chief Executive roles on a basic salary of £131,673 and women at the same level earning £16,513.

Last year the government announced that from April 2017 companies with more than 250 employees would have to report on how much they pay their male and female staff.

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