For this year we have expanded the pay gap reporting to include Ethnicity and Disability which goes beyond our legislative obligations to report only on gender.
The key highlights are:
The high-level median Gender Pay Gap for all employees has fallen to 0.9% in 2019 from 2.9% in 2018. Our gender pay gap is less than 1%. This year we met our target of 5050 by 2020 at leadership level and remained within the agreed tolerance level of +/- 5%.
- The disability pay gap is 0.9%, which is positive. That said we know that 8.6% of employees declaring a disability is lower than the UK average (20%). Our ethnicity pay gap is 21.6%. The available data shows us that whilst the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees in the organisation is slowly increasing, there is under- representation at more senior levels.
- The ethnicity and disability pay gaps come with a caveat. The data is not available for all staff and are therefore based on a 74% self-declaration rate.
Looking forward, we will continue to work to improve the diversity of our workforce to reflect modern Scottish society through our recruitment and people management practices. Our values of inclusiveness, respect, stewardship and excellence are at the core of all this work.
Under The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is required to report on its Gender Pay Gap before the end of March each year (using data at the snapshot date of 31 March the previous year).