New figures confirm gender pay gap

The Office for National Statistics released figures this morning showing that women in the UK earn, on average, 18% less than men.

This number goes down to 9% when only looking at full time jobs.

It is also important to note that the statistics do not take into account overtime pay.

The survey compared the wages of men and female in nine major occupation groups as defined by the Standard Occupational Organization.

In caring, leisure and other service occupations, men only work 22% of the jobs, but get paid an average of 9% more.

In administrative and secretarial occupations, women are also the majority, with men working 34% of the jobs, and receiving 5% more.

When the minority gender flips, the gap however, does not. In skilled trade occupations, women make up 8% of the workforce, getting paid an average of 25% less.

As process, plant and machine operatives, women work 11% of the jobs and get paid 20% less.

The gap is narrowest (4%) in sales and customer service occupations, where the workforce is almost evenly split (51% men), but as the graph above shows, it is always in favour of men.

Minister for Women Anne Milton said, “Large employers are legally required to report their gender pay gap. This is not an option, it is the law. We’re pleased to see some employers already reporting but we want to see all remaining employers report as soon as possible.

“Almost every employer will have a gender pay gap, but waiting to report won’t change those figures. Only by shining a light on the gaps will employers be able to take action to close their gender pay gaps and make sure that we use the talents and skills of both men and women‎.”

The ONS report included an old survey from 2016 that looked at the gap in individual careers, highlighting these jobs specifically as anecdotal evidence for the gap.

However, the report does not point out that the pay gap for probation officers, fitness instructors, and childminders is above 20% in favour of women, and female midwives being are paid 62% more.