Scottish women falling behind in the pay stakes

Female Scottish taxpayers earn an average around £9,000 less a year than the average male, new figures have revealed.

The statics were published by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and shows that female taxpayers have an average pre-tax income of £25,391, compared with £34,828 for men –27% less. The gap is wider at the highest end of the earnings bracket – showing that 8,000 men in Scotland have an annual income of over £200,000 a year, but only 1,000 women.

The “gender income gap” has been shrinking in recent years. When the same data was published for 2015/16, the average male taxpayer had an income of £35,208 compared with £25,259 for the average female – a difference of £9,949.

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