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UK gender pay gap: women paid 90p for £1 earned by men

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Women in the UK were paid just 90p for every £1 earned by a man, according to the latest figures released through the government’s gender pay gap reporting mechanism.

Among those high-profile companies reporting particularly large gender gaps was easyJet. According to data filed by the company’s larger arm, Easyjet Airline Company, women’s median wage stood at just 36p for every £1 that men earned last year.

Other companies reporting that median male earnings were at least double that of female employees include HSBC Bank along with several academy trusts.

A spokesperson for easyJet said its “gender pay submission does not represent a complete picture because the data in April 2021 included pilots, while the majority of our predominantly female UK cabin crew community remained on furlough”.

Analysis carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found the sector with the largest gender median pay gap was construction, where female employees received just 76p for every £1 earned by a man.

The median gap in the financial and insurance sector is equivalent to women receiving 88p compared with a male counterpart while women working in information and communication received 83p for every pound earned by a man.

The smallest gaps are in human health and social work activities, equivalent to 98p for every £1; arts, entertainment, and recreation (96p), and transportation and storage (95p).

Charles Cotton, senior policy adviser for reward and recognition with the CIPD, said the “figures show that very little has changed when it comes to addressing the gender pay gap in Great Britain”.

He added: “Employers shouldn’t just report the numbers; instead they need to understand the reason for any gap and be transparent about how they plan to tackle it.”

While all companies and organisations with 250 or more employees are required to file a gender pay gap report, the number of organisations reporting has fallen compared with…

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2022-04-06 08:26:31

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