Scotland

Low pay by gender

Key points

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Graph 1: By age

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Graph 2: Shares by gender

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Graph 3: Shares by age

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph show the proportion of employees paid less than 7 per hour, with the data shown separately by age for each of part-timers (men and women combined), full-time women and full-time men.  The reason for combining male and female part-timers is that their risk of low pay is similar.

The next two graphs show the distribution of employees paid less than 7 per hour.  In the second graph, the data is divided by male/female and full-time/part-time.  In the third graph, the data is show by age group and full-time/part-time.

7 per hour is roughly two-thirds of UK median hourly earnings and is commonly used as a threshold when analysing low pay.

The data source for all the graphs is the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and the data is for 2008.  Note that the data used in the graphs is not publicly available and has to be requested.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  ASHE is a large annual survey of employers but sample sizes limit some of the analyses.

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