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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13040: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-10398 by Jamie Hepburn on 10 August 2017, whether it has made or plans a further assessment of the need for new statistical outputs regarding the ethnicity pay gap.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 18 December 2017

The Scottish Government has provisionally calculated the ethnicity pay gap using the Annual Population Survey data source. The estimate produced is now being quality assured by Scottish Government analysts in liaison with the Office for National Statistics, who own the data, to assess whether this Scottish estimate is reliable for public use.

We are also exploring whether a more reliable estimate may be produced from the three year pooled Annual Population Survey data set 2014-2016. Following our review these estimates will be made available on the Scottish Government web site, alongside technical notes and guidance.