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Pay gap between men and women narrows

There was a narrowing of the gender pay gap for all employees in the UK this year of 0.5 percentage points to 22%. The Office for National Statistics measures the gender pay gap by the median hourly pay excluding overtime. When full-time employment is examined, males earned an average of £12.97 an hour before tax compared to £11.39 an hour earned by women. The gender gap between full-time workers also narrowed from 12.6% in 2008 to 12.2% in 2009.

 

The pay gap for part-time employees, rather perversely, is the other way round as the small number of male part-time workers earn less than the large number of female part-timers. However, this gap also narrowed in the opposite direction from -3.7% to -2.0%.

The gender pay gap has narrowed and is smallest for those in professional jobs such as banking.

The gender pay gap has narrowed and is smallest for those in professional jobs such as banking.

 

Interestingly, the smallest gap was amongst professional workers, where men earn only 3.8% more than women. The largest gap was in the category of ‘skilled trades’ where the difference in wages was 26.2%.

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