Things You Need to Know About the Gender Pay Gap

Gender pay gap has been a huge topic of conversation in recent times, and this doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. The gender gap is primarily related to higher paid management roles and although Yorkshire Staffing doesn’t specialise in these roles week in, week out, we feel that we have a responsibility (as does every employer) to spell out the facts.

In this article, we’re going to be doing exactly that and sharing with you some of the important information that could help you if you’re looking for a new job or promotion, regardless of your gender.

The BBC recently released a list of its top earning salaries and this has, quite rightly, prompted a revival on the recurring debate surrounding gender pay gap. The list revealed that just under a third were women and among the top ten earners only two were women, who are paid considerably less than the top male earners.

Sadly, this discrepancy doesn’t come as revelation to many people. Especially to those working within the media industry, where unequal pay is the norm. Funded by licence payers, the BBC in particular, has a responsibility to show that its use of money is justified and correct. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also if we’re ever going to make pay equal we need companies like the BBC, who represent the tip of a very large iceberg, to lead the way.

The Gender Gap is Real

Statistics show that full time workers made an average of £13.59 in 2016. Women made an average of £12.82, while men made an average of £14.16. This is a clear indicator that the gender gap is a real issue impacting the workforce.

The Gender Gap is Smaller Now Than Ever Before

In the UK, the gender gap is smaller now than it’s ever been. Although it’s at an all-time low, there hasn’t been a lot of progress over the past few years. On one hand, it’s great that the gap is closing, but there’s still more work to be done.

The Gender Gap Depends on Your Location

If you’re working in Clackmannanshire (30 miles West of Edinburgh) you’re going to see one of the biggest gender gaps in the country – a 37%+ gap. In other parts of the country, the gender gap swings the other way. For instance, women earn 27% more than men in Rossendale (20 miles North of Manchester).

The Gap Isn’t Just for Gender

As it turns out, the pay gap also affects ethnic minorities and disabled people. While gender is the leading attribution for the pay gap, disabilities are the second runner up with ethnicity trailing not far behind.

When we look at the top earners at the BBC for example, we see that 45% of those workers on the list attended private schools, compared to 7% nationally. Also, rather alarming is the fact that only 10 ethnic minorities made this list.

People are Taking a Stand

In the UK and around the world, workers are taking a stand against the gender pay gap. For instance, journalists at the Financial Times have recently voted for industrial action over the gender pay gap, and a group of 60+ women are considering suing Google on the basis of sexism and the pay gap.

Regardless of your gender, the pay gap should stay on your radar. Currently, diversity targets and monitoring programmes are failing women, BAME and the working class. An open and inclusive debate is now needed more than ever before. It is the responsibility of everyone, however strongly you feel, to ask the question: how can things be more fair and equal for everyone?