Scottish Government Opens Workplace Equality Fund

Scottish Parliament

Funds will be made available to support employers in an effort to reduce employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers across various sectors including STEM.

The £500,000 Workplace Equality Fund, which will be delivered by the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF), is now open to applications. It is intended to support the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Race Equality Framework, Disability Action Plan, Programme for Government, and Scotland’s Labour Market Strategy.

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn, who opened the fund said: “We want the same employment opportunities for all so that everyone, irrespective of gender, race or disability, has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and improve Scotland’s economic performance as a result.”

“I am delighted to open applications for the Workplace Equality Fund, which will make funding available to businesses to change attitudes, cultures and workplace practices.”

“I would strongly encourage every employer to find out how they and their workforce can use this fund to remove barriers to equality.”

Keith Wimbles, Chief Executive, VAF said: “The VAF is very pleased that the Scottish Government is investing in the private sector to promote workplace equality and address barriers to entry and progression in employment.”

“VAF is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and through its business activities. We are therefore delighted to manage the Workplace Equality Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and look forward to working with businesses to maximise the impact of the investment.”

A Step Towards Bridging IT Gender Pay Gap

This move from the Scottish Government is a welcomed one after last year’s disconcerting BSC Diversity Report, which revealed that not only were women in the UK underrepresented but also underpaid compared to their male counterparts in IT sector.

Although women in the Scottish tech sector do fare better when compared to the rest of the UK in terms of ethnic diversity Scotland still preforms poorly. Hopefully with extra funding from the Scottish Government Scotland will be able to better address this issue in the future.

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