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Close the Gap
The aim of the Close the Gap DP was to close the gap between the pay of men and women in SMEs in Scotland by:
enabling employers to carry out pay audits
encouraging effective action plan to be developed
engaging unions in making equal pay a priority
empowering women to challenge pay discrimination.
Close the Gap is a partnership project that brings together Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Equal Opportunities Commission, Fair Play, UHI and the Executive. Although the EOC was the lead partner, the STUC ran much of the DP wide activity. The other partners were more involved in delivery. The trade unions involved delivered improved training and awareness to their members, and Scottish Enterprise and UHI created new training and university modules respectively. The entire DP has now been mainstreamed, with funding coming from the Scottish Executive.
Target Beneficiary groups
The high level activity had two target groups:
Employers and Development Agencies
(Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise). These were capacity building exercises, working with Careers Scotland and Business Enterprise. The aim was to sell the business benefits of closing the pay gap to employers. This work was targeted at SMEs.
This work was mainly carried out through the trade unions. The DP increased training for workplace union reps to deal with issues around the pay gap. They also held a number of conferences to highlight these issues. As part of the employees programme, an outdoor advertising campaign was conducted. This involved large scale use of advertising boards, and was accompanied by a mail out to all SMEs making them aware of the campaign. The campaign was predominantly targetted at employees, to raise awareness of the gap.
Equal Opportunities Commission Scotland
Fair Play Scotland
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
Scottish Executive Equality Unit
Scottish Trades Union Congress
UHI Millennium Institute (UHI)
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Emma Ritch, Scottish Trades Union Congress,
Employed in SMEs
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