Gender pay gap | Pay packet difference closes by 5%

Pay packet difference closes by 5%

The gender pay gap has been a hotly-contested issue for the past three years, yet despite the media attention, little progress has been made to bring about true gender equality.

New research conducted by Glassdoor has confirmed that whilst women now earn 82p for every £1 that men earn - the financial value of the improvement is just five pence in the pound - the equivalent of falling from a pay gap of 5.5% to five per cent.

The study, which concentrates on jobs markets in the United Kingdom, United States, France and Germany, revealed that although significant pay gaps still remain between men and women, the gap has narrowed slightly in the UK, US and France.

The 2019 study is based on more than half a million salary reports shared on Glassdoor by employees over the past three years and includes pay data down to specific job title and company name.

This reportedly allowed the company to focus on ‘unadjusted’ and ‘adjusted’ pay gaps in each country to formulate the statistic.

In 2019, the unadjusted gap in pay between men and women in the UK is 17.9%, meaning that women earn an average of 82p for every £1 earned by men – this is in comparison to three years ago when women earned just 77p for every £1 earned by men.

“Over the past three years, company leaders, politicians, celebrities and more have called for an end to the gender pay gap,” commented Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. 

“Glassdoor’s comprehensive study put those words to the test to reveal that slight progress has been made to close the gap. Though a promising sign, it should not detract from the larger fact that significant pay gaps remain around the world, even after controlling for workplace and job factors,” he continued.

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Comments (2)

  • G Turner
    G Turner
    Wed, 27 Mar 2019 1:27pm GMT
    Key word in this article is 'unadjusted'. When you make the correct adjustments in order to compare like with like, the gap shrinks to less than 9% and when you account for age, below 40 the gap is zero. 100% of the total adjusted gap is to be found between men and women over 40.

    I'm curious as to why you never highlight this fact?
  • Sir
    Wed, 27 Mar 2019 1:20pm GMT
    Why would you want to narrow or, indeed, eliminate the GPG ? We have a GPG of >20% (mean) but to narrow this would involve taking away many opportunities we currently offer to women, particularly in occupations in the lower pay quartiles, and making sure these are given to men instead.
    Our lower quartiles are 70% women : our top quartile is 50% women.
    Do you really want us to do this ?
    I think I'd rather not, if it's all the same to you.

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