The UK Government tackles issues relating to women’s equality, sexual orientation and transgender equality, at home and around the world.
The gender pay gap is the difference in the average hourly wage of all men and women across a workforce. If women do more of the less well paid jobs within an organisation than men, the gender pay gap is usually bigger.
The UK Government plans to introduce a Code of Practice so employers better understand their legal responsibilities to protect their staff as part of a package of commitments to tackle sexual harassment at work. A package of 12 announcements has been launched to tackle sexual harassment at work. The package of twelve commitments includes consultations on legal protections and on additional protections for volunteers and interns.
We have developed schemes to help women back into work after maternity leave and encourage uptake of Shared Parental Leave.
The UK Government’s Disability Confident Scheme encourages employers to offer more opportunities to disabled people and those with health conditions, making the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.
The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are set by the UK Government. Around 117,000 workers in Scotland benefit from the uplift in the National Living Wage, and an additional 31,000 young workers in Scotland benefit from the uplift in the National Minimum Wage.
Pension Wise is a UK Government service that offers free and impartial guidance about options for your defined contribution pensions.
The service can help if you:
We use the UK’s global power and influence to promote equality for vulnerable and oppressed people all over the world.
As part of the UK, Scotland is supporting transformative change across the world and making a real difference. UK aid has:
In 2012, the UK Government’s Foreign Office launched the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) and since then, the UK has continued to lead global efforts to end the horror of sexual violence in conflict.