Closing the gender pay gap
The gender pay gap continues to be a concern for young people across Scotland. We asked young people what they thought about the following proposals to tackle it: ‘Employers should increase efforts to close the gender pay gap by…
- Improving equal opportunity policies (Agree 86.6%, Disagree 6.1%, Don’t know 7.3% )
- Carrying out investigations into equal pay (Agree 84.8%, Disagree 7.0%, Don’t know 8.2% )
- Having flexible working policies (Agree 83.6%, Disagree 5.2%, Don’t know 11.2%)
- Ensuring equal pay for equal work (Agree 91.1%, Disagree 3.5%, Don’t know 5.4%)
Guaranteeing income support
Young people across Scotland also told us that they believe that “All citizens should be provided with a guaranteed minimum of income support to ensure that no individual faces financial hardship.“ 75.8% agreed with this statement, 9.3% disagreed and 15% didn’t know.
To an extent, universal credit is good, but it’s really, really bare minimum, like you’re scraping by. I can’t live off it.– Young parent
Banning or reforming zero-hour contracts
Working contracts are another major concern of young people, with the majority (58.8%) of respondents agreeing that ‘The UK Government should take action to ban or reform zero-hour contracts.’ 9.3% disagreed and 29.5% didn’t know.