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The UK has a major gender pay gap problem

05 April 2018, 12:51 | Gordon Grant

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"Many organizations consider the gender pay gap to be acceptable if men and women do different jobs or that men hold more senior positions than women. this is worrying", said Hazel Conley, a professor of human resource management at the University of the West of England. According to this metric, men are paid just 6.1 per cent better than women.

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A number of airlines said a lack of female pilots had proved a key reason for chunky pay gaps, and the Irish airline reported a 72 per cent median pay gap, which surpassed Easyjet's 45 per cent gap.

At CNN's bureau in London, the mean gap showed women were paid slightly more on average.

The region's businesses with the highest gender pay gaps followed national trends, with finance and particular retail sectors performing badly.

The East of England Co-op had a low median (1.1%) but a higher mean gap of 20.2%, which it said was down to "gender imbalance" in its highest-paying roles.

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Figures vary greatly from company to company, and the gap fluctuates depending on whether mean or median is used to calculate it.

The BBC said in January that it would be more transparent about what it pays its correspondents, and offer salaries in narrower bands.

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"Our analysis shows that, in the United Kingdom, men and women are paid broadly comparable rates to market", the bank said in a statement. Bonus payments to men and women are also compared.

Women were out-earning men in just 14 per cent of cases, with equal earnings reported in just eight per cent of cases, including Barrhead Travel Service.

In its gender pay gap report, parent company Consort Medical said it would continue to focus on ensuring there were equal opportunities for women with "no glass ceiling".

"We're committed to making the right changes and working towards closing this gap", she said.

How big is the pay gap at.?

Since April 2017, companies and charities employing 250 or more people have to publish statutory calculations every year to show how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees.

Universal has reported a median pay gap of 16.7% and a mean pay gap of 29.8%.

"For child care we pay £8 ($11) an hour, say, to a woman who's looking after children".

Brady, who has made a documentary on the issue for Channel 5, also argued that far fewer women than men negotiate pay rises, stating: "There's an issue that women have this fear factor where they don't have the confidence to ask, and they are sort of grateful for the job and do not want to rock the boat".



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