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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08107: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to provide intersectional data on the pay gap.

Answered by: Keith Brown 28 March 2017

The Scottish Government already publishes gender pay gap by age and other employment related characteristics on the Scottish Government web site at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Labour-Market/Earnings/ASHE-SGTables.

The official source for pay gap information is the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics, which is the most detailed and comprehensive source of earnings information. ASHE is based on a 1% sample of employee jobs, drawn from HM Revenue and Customs Pay as you Earn (PAYE) records.

It is possible from this data source to provide estimates of earnings and gender pay gap by age and characteristics of employment including industry, occupation and type of contract etc. Information on the gender pay gap in Scotland, from the ASHE, for these characteristics, is published on our web site at the link above. However other than age and gender the ASHE data set does not include any other information on personal characteristics, therefore further earnings breakdowns are not possible by groupings such as ethnicity or nationality.

The Scottish Government monitors the relevance of Labour Market Statistical outputs against customer needs through various mechanisms including engagement with external stakeholder through SCOTSTAT http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/scotstat and we will produce and develop new statistical outputs where possible in response to customer need.