The EIS has questioned whether the gender profile of the teaching profession is a factor in teaching salaries lagging behind comparable professions.

Figures produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirm that salaries in male-dominated professions tend to be significantly higher than in teaching – where the majority of employees are women.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Teaching remains a predominantly female profession, with nearly 8 in every 10 teachers in Scotland being women. "It is interesting to note, from official ONS data, that the teaching profession lags significantly behind more male dominated professions in terms of pay."

"Analysis of the ONS data shows that, in professions where around 80% of the workforce are men, salaries can average around £10,000 more than the top of the maingrade pay scale for Scotland's, largely female, teacher workforce."

Mr Flanagan added, "The gap between the average salaries of men and the average salaries of women exists because too often certain key roles within society have been defined as 'women's work', and 'women's work' has traditionally been both undervalued and underpaid.

It certainly appears that this applies to teaching also, when comparing teachers' pay to pay in other professions."

Gender Pay                                                               Source: Office for National Statistics, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings