Date lodged: 19 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of gender pay reporting regulations brought forward by the UK Government, what plans it has to review the public sector equality duty.
Answered by: Angela Constance 2 May 2017
The UK Government’s Public Sector Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations came into force on 31 March 2017. The Regulations allow public authorities 12 months to publish their gender pay gap information. Until public authorities have undertaken this process and the results are published and can be evaluated, it is not possible to say whether this reporting mechanism will give a comprehensive and robust picture of the public sector gender pay gap. The Scottish Government will consider the results from the first year’s reporting, and working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, factor this into the areas covered in the planned review of the Public Sector Equality Duty Scottish Specific Duties, which will begin later this year.