As part of a government initiative to make transparent gender pay gaps in British companies, 10,015 firms revealed the mean and median pay of men and women employees. Of the organizations who disclosed their pay figures, 78 percent paid men more than women on average (Independent).
Equalities minister Baroness Williams said the Equalities and Human Rights Commission had powers to take firms to the court or issue a fine for companies who don’t comply, according to the Independent. However, nothing has been revealed about what will happen next with the data collected so far, or what action will be taken against firms who failed to report their figures by the deadline.
What we know so far:
- According to The Guardian‘s analysis, which looks at the median hourly pay gap, the construction sector has the worst average median pay for women at 25 percent. This is followed by finance and insurance sectors, both at 22 percent.
- The companies with the biggest gender pay gap included Boux Avenue, Apple, Ryanair and Telegraph Media Group (The Guardian).
- Other sectors which have a wide gap based on average hourly pay include soccer clubs, banks and fashion brands. CNN reported that soccer clubs like Manchester City and Arsenal had the widest mean pay gap ranging from 80 percent to 87 percent.
- The accommodation and food services sector comes closest to equal pay between genders with a 1% difference in median hourly pay. No sector was reported to pay women more than men (The Guardian).
- A reason commonly cited for the difference in pay is that there are more men in senior positions in many organizations.
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We want to further look at this pool of data, one of the first of its kind, and see if there are any results or trends which have been overlooked. You can find the figures on the government pay gap website.
This is what we want to ask:
- How do the figures declared compare to companies’ annual reports? Are they accurate?
- Do you see any omissions or limitations in the data?
- How does the data reflect the real-life situation for wages in the workplace? Does it paint an accurate picture?
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