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Close The Gap / STUC Women’s Committee Work On Local Authority Employment Data

August 13, 2012

As part of a joint initiative with the STUC Women’s Committee, Close The Gap conducted research that was intended to assess the impact of current public spending cuts on women’s employment in local government in Scotland, and to determine whether anecdotal evidence relayed to STUC affiliates is indicative of a shifting pattern of employment practice. This was done by collating and analysing local government employment data, obtained by submitting freedom of information (FoI) requests to each local authority in Scotland. It was very difficult to draw conclusions about specific gendered employment indicators, because of the level of detail in which local authorities were able to respond.

The recommendations arising from the work are, therefore, principally around gender-disaggregated data collection and procurement. Although the focus is on gender, the final report, Invisible Women, will be of interest to organisations working across the equalities sector, particularly in light of the new specific duties which, amongst other things, requires public sector employers to gather employment information disaggregated by protected characteristic.

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