Date lodged: 6 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the gender pay gap for self-employed people, and what action it can take to close this.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 2 November 2016
The gender pay gap for self-employed people in Scotland is not published in official sources. However total earnings by gender for self-employed individuals in Scotland is published in ‘Table 3.11 Income and tax by gender, region and country’ of the HMRC publication Personal Incomes Statistics 2013-14 table 3.1-3.11 which can be located at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/503472/SPI_National_Statistics_T3_1_to_T3_11.pdf
Although the Scottish Government does not, itself, hold the information requested as this is instead gathered by HMRC through its HMRC Survey of Personal Incomes, from which the above data is derived; we recognise that enterprises started and led by women often demonstrate different support requirements and display different growth trajectories to other businesses. As noted in answer to S5W-03525 on 27 October 2016, we are working with partners across all sectors, including Women’s Enterprise Scotland, to deliver a co-developed policy framework and action plan for women in enterprise.
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