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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10398: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-08107 by Keith Brown on 28 March 2017, whether there is sufficient data (a) collected and (b) available on the ethnicity pay gap.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 10 August 2017

The official source of information on the ethnicity pay gap is the Labour Force Survey, collected and published by the Office for National Statistics. ONS have previously published information on the ethnicity pay gap for the UK at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/adhocs/006860lfsearningsandpaygaptableswithnotes

The Scottish Government continues to monitor the relevance of Labour Market Statistical outputs against customer needs through various mechanisms including engagement with external stakeholders 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.

We are aware that witnesses, at the recent Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, on the Gender Pay Gap, raised questions of intersectionality of data and the need to consider issues like age, race and disability in conjunction with existing pay gap data and we will look to develop dissemination of Official sources, where possible in this area.