Leading Scottish Law Firm, Thompsons Solicitors, whose Employment Rights Unit handle a number of equal pay cases, have called for meaningful action to be taken to tackle pay inequality in the workplace after a report revealed that male executives in Scotland are paid on average £10,000 more than their female colleagues.
Research from the Chartered Management Institute revealed that male bosses continued to earn a greater average annual salary (£40,965) than their female counterparts (£30,652).
The report claimed it would take another 75 years for women to catch up with men- 116 years since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 1970.
They backed calls for greater transparency in salary banding and for more to be done to name and shame organisations who fail to pay men and women equally for the same job.
Partner at Thompsons Solicitors and head of the firm’s Employment Rights Unit, Rory McPherson, said: “The utter failure to pay people equally for the same job, irrespective of their gender, is unacceptable.
“The fact that female executives may not see equality until 116 years after the Equal Pay Act 1970 should act as a wake-up call that more needs to be done to tackle this problem now.
“At Thompsons, we handle a large number of equal pay cases, but my concern is that more can and should be done particularly in the private sector.
“Only by exposing employers who still engage in these practices will we get movement. By contacting a solicitor you can get justice now but government and employers can do an awful lot more to make sure this doesn’t happen in the first place.”
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