Gender pay gap briefing: Scottish third sector, April 2019

Year of publication

Second year's analysis of UK Gov gender pay gap data, comparing the Scottish third sector against

  1. Scottish public and private sectors
  2. UK third sector


  • 53 qualifying Scottish charities were analysed, employing a total of 35,508 staff.
  • Scottish charities are continuing to lead the way on equal pay.
  • The mean pay gap for Scottish charities is 4.2%, smaller than the UK charities pay gap of 7.9% in favour of men.
  • Both the mean and median pay gaps of Scottish charities are significantly below that of the other Scottish sectors, which have a mean gap of 13.7% and a median gap of 10.4%.
  • 66% of the largest Scottish charities are still paying men more than women - this is an improvement on 2017's 71%, but still large for a sector where women outnumber men more than 2:1.