A survey of journalists and media workers in Scotland has revealed that 75 per cent of women have suffered discrimination at work, compared to just 16 per cent of men.
The most common forms of discrimination women face relate to promotion and career advancement opportunities (35 per cent), inappropriate comments (34 per cent) equal pay (31 per cent) and flexible working (20 per cent). Only 16 per cent of men who responded had encountered discrimination, the most common form being paternity issues with eight per cent reporting problems. Other problems men faced included flexible working, equal pay, promotion and career advancement opportunities (three per cent respectively) and inappropriate comments (two per cent).
The NUJ in Scotland undertook the survey as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project, funded via the STUC under the Trade Union, Fair Work and Modernisation Fund. The Scottish Government-backed project aims to achieve the objectives of the Fair Work Framework to give workers an effective voice, opportunity, job security, career fulfilment and respect. This can be done by improving representation in the workplace, offering greater training and development opportunities and addressing equality, sexism and issues of misrepresentation in the media and by the media.
Fiona Davidson, NUJ Scotland women’s project worker said “The most pressing issues raised in the survey include the need to address equal pay, how to get more women into senior management, and to target sexism, misogyny, macho attitudes and online abuse. Flexible working to address caring responsibilities of men and women also needs to be addressed along with the problems of precarious working and the impact on journalists’ financial situation and mental health. Continue reading