According to new research from the Law Society of Scotland, female solicitors are working from free as of today due to the gender pay gap in the legal profession.
Through comparing annual full-time salaries between males and females, the Law Society of Scotland found that there was a 42% difference in salary with the salary gap varying depending on certain stages of employment.
Early employment indicates that there is little difference, however, after the age of 36, the vast majority of males are paid over £65,000 with the figure being the limit for females.
Janet Hood, convener of the Society’s equality and diversity committee, said the pay gap reflected “very badly on what is otherwise a modern and forward-thinking profession” with the study showing that some females effectively work without pay for five months in comparison to male salaries.
She added: “Quite simply, it is not something we can afford to ignore, for either ethical or business reasons.
“Many government and other organisations sourcing legal services also include equality criteria as part of their tendering processes. If law firms are not taking steps to ensure that they are meeting these, they could be adversely affected."
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