Gender Pay Differences in Dundee

2 January 2014

Lesley Brennan has commented on the latest official figures from the Official of National Statistics showing that that in 2013, the median gross weekly pay of women in full-time employment in Dundee was some £80 less than that for men.

She said,

"Caring duties, along with the lack of affordable childcare and a more limited choice of jobs than men have all converged to make differences between the pay of men and the pay of women an issue that has consequences for women throughout their lives.

"Women choose part-time employment to allow them to balance their work-life divide to raise a family or to care for elderly relatives.

"Good quality, high-earning part-time work is scarce, and thus careers are affected to a far greater degree than when men become fathers.

"The TUC has demonstrated the gender inequality present in the unequal distribution of income and occupations.

"The five highest earning careers are those of aircraft pilots, chief executives and directors of advertising and PR, marketing and sales, and telecommunications firms.

"Such jobs are male-dominated where there are very few part time posts available.

"At the other end of the earnings table are the lowest paid jobs where four of the five worst paid occupations – waiters and waitresses, bar staff, catering assistants and launderers

"These are are overwhelmingly the realm of women and part-time work.

"And in retirement the effect of gender pay differences still exerts its adverse influence with women likely to receive lower pensions.

"This is why more women are at greater risk of an elderly life of poverty than men.

"Equality at work between men and women has advantages not just for society but for the organisations and the companies involved.

"They benefit in terms of the retention of good employees, a better work environment , better use of employees’ abilities and a better public “brand” image.

"Women’s work and skills can be undervalued and underused , attitudes that contribute to gender pay differences.

"If we want gender equality to be a goal rather than a slogan much needs to be done, and if done, the advantages are potentially striking.

"The UK Government Women and Work Commission estimated that closing the gender pay gap would provide a £23 billion increase in GDP while the TUC estimates that the under-utilisation of women’s skills, partly due to the lack of suitable part-time work opportunities, costs the economy £11bn per year."




Gender pay differences in Dundee

2013 figures  

Median ( middle) full time gross weekly pay
Male - £486.8
Female - £406.5

2012 figures

Median ( middle) full time gross weekly pay
Male  - £476.2
Female -  £400.8

2011 figures

Median ( middle) full time gross weekly pay
Male  - £477.5
Female  - £397.9

Source : Office of National Statistics (ONS)