For the first time ever 100% of UK employers identified as being in scope of gender pay gap regulations have published their data.
The UK is one of the few countries in the world to require employers to publish such comprehensive gender pay gap data.
Under new regulations that came into force in April 2017, all employers with over 250 employees are required to report their gender pay gap data. All 10,000 UK employers that the Government has identified as having over 250 workers have now published their data.
The data has shown that more than three out of four in scope UK companies pay their male staff more on average than their female staff, more than half give higher bonuses to men, on average, than women, and over 80% have more women in their lowest paid positions than in their highest paid positions.
The Government Equalities Office has also published today [Wednesday 1 August] a new ‘What Works’ guidance for companies to help them improve the recruitment and progression of women and close their gender pay gap.
Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, said: “It is appalling that in the twenty-first century there is still a big difference between the average earnings of men and women.
“While I am encouraged that over 10,000 employers have published their data, these figures set out in real terms for the first time some of the challenges and the scale of this issue.
“We need to take action to ensure businesses know how they can make use of their best talent and make their gender pay gaps a thing of the past.”