Scottish Government said the largest decrease in the gender pay gap between 2012 and 2018 was in mainly rural local authorities – with females paid 1.9 per cent more than their male counterparts in 2018.
Females were earning more than males in Scottish rural local authorities in 2018, according to new research.
Scottish Government funded the study which found that based on hourly median hearings for full-time employees, the largest decrease in the gender pay gap between 2012 and 2018 was in mainly rural local authorities – with females paid 1.9 per cent more than their male counterparts in 2018.
The gender pay gap in islands and remote rural local authorities dropped from a peak of almost 20 per cent in 2016 to 4.5 per cent last year.
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said the reduction mainly in rural local authorities seemed to be driving Scotland’s overall reduction in the pay gap ‘especially as some rural authority areas are presenting a more positive picture than that found in large cities or urban areas’.
“However this research also clearly highlights the scale of the challenge before us and the need to make sure our rural economy better supports women to retain and gain well paid jobs,” she said.
“Equality for women is an integral part of our inclusive growth vision and we are determined to improve the position of women in the workplace.”
Dr Jane Atterton of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), who carried out the research, added: “Although the report’s findings are generally positive for rural Scotland, we now need to develop a better understanding of why these patterns exist.”