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Nearly 80% of UK Companies Pay Women Less Than Men

06 April 2018, 02:04 | Gordon Grant

Public UK wage database showcases game industry's gender pay gap

Men paid more in 78% of employers

In contrast, agencies such as Creative Lynx and OMD Group reported figures below the United Kingdom median, at 12% and 5.7% respectively, while Golin was the only agency included in the data to report a gender pay gap in favour of women, with female staff paid on average 3.8% more then male employees.

"Our gender gap paints a misleading picture about our commitment to gender diversity and equality", the statement read, adding that when head office roles were excluded, the gender pay gap dropped to 6 percent.

The biggest pay gaps are in construction, financial services, education, mining, communication, and energy, where the pay gap is in excess of 15%.

A detailed report of the gender pay gap in the DIY, home improvement and garden centre industry will be featured in our May 11 issue of DIY Week.

Telford & Wrekin Council's pay gap, while still in favour of men, was closer to the national average at 7.9 per cent, coming in 144th.

The gender pay gap is not about men and women different pay for the same job.

The authority also recorded a mean bonus pay of 19.8% lower for women than men. It has been suggested that women don't necessarily want high-flying careers in the same way that men do, that women go off to have babies, that women prefer jobs in middle management rather than right at the top.

Rudy Sooprayen, director of B2B research at YouGov Omnibus, said the research indicated "that there are many senior figures within companies that may well be in for a nasty surprise when their business posts its figures, because of the contradiction that our data reveals".

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She said: "While we've welcomed the new pay transparency measures as an important first step in addressing the systemic inequality women face at work, the fundamental weakness is that employers aren't required to take action that will close their pay gap".

Rebecca Hilsenrath is chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which has the power to fine large companies that have not reported their gender pay gap details.

The airline pays women 71.8 per cent less than men on average - when comparing median hourly rates, for every £1 men earn, women earn just 28p. At Burberry, where women make up 70 percent of the luxury fashion group's employees, there is a 26 percent gender pay gap in favor of men, who get higher bonuses too.

"When men and women work together, that's the best dynamic because men become more caring, working as part of a team with women, and women also become less competitive and much more caring". Over this time frame, 8% of both female and male employees received bonus payments, which equates to 58 women and four men. Of the firm's highest-paid employees, 34% are women.

What did the data show?

In practice, this law proved easy for employers to avoid as it's all but impossible in many cases to say that two people and two job roles are identical, even if they are very similar.

Some have said reporting the pay gap is crude and open to misinterpretation. The disparity in the median hourly rate between women and men for the club was 30.5%. According to the CAA, female staff were proportionately more likely to receive bonuses than men (16.6% against 12.3%), however the average bonus paid to women was 9.2% lower; the median bonus paid to women was 16.2% lower than that paid to men. The data could provide fodder for existing or future lawsuits under the U.K.'s 2010 Equality Act, which codified earlier laws.

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