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At Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland we take our commitment as a supportive employer very seriously. We pay the living wage, have a 32.5 hour working week and have flexible working policies. This year we have also published data on the Gender Pay Gap. For more details visit: https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/Employer/NAPnqM50/2018.
Responding to the Gender Pay Gap data Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Chief Executive, Jane-Claire Judson said:
“We take our role as a supportive employer very seriously. We pay the living wage, have a 32.5 hour working week and have flexible working policies. However, there is more that we need to do.
“Women at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland also get paid the same as men for the same work. The gender pay gap is about how work is structured with more men in the top jobs than women and this is the problem we need to address.
“For example 93% of the lowest paid staff in the charity are women – that figure is 84% in the highest paid roles. The majority of staff at the charity are women, and there is a higher proportion of women in retail and service delivery roles. Women in our charity are also more likely to be the people in their families working part-time or more flexibly to fit around caring responsibilities.
“I am determined to address the gender pay gap. We will be working with Close The Gap to put in place measures to deliver the clear improvements all of us at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland want to see, but we can’t do this alone.
“The gender pay gap is a stark outcome from structural inequalities experienced by women across sectors and roles. We need to see real improvements to the way our Governments and leaders in the workplace across all sectors support women. This should include addressing the inequality of caring responsibilities falling to women, with changes to increase affordable childcare, delivery of more accessible working patterns, and challenging any discrimination against women.
“The sectors we work in – health, retail, third sector – all have their gender pay gap challenges. Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland would support national work on how the third sector can improve its gender pay gap challenge, in partnership with the sectors we work with, and calls upon both the UK and Scottish Governments and workplace leaders to commit to this as an economic priority.”