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Gender pay gap at Rother council revealed

Gender pay gap at Rother council revealed

More than three-quarters of United Kingdom companies pay men more on average than women, BBC analysis of government figures suggests.

Or at least, that's what the law requires.

More than 78% of United Kingdom companies paid men more than women, with a median pay gap of 9.7% on average, according to the BBC's analysis of the data. But without it, companies and regulators in countries seeking to enforce equal pay laws would have scant evidence that a gap existed - and face less pressure to address it. And what will the government do about the companies that fess up to significant problems?

The deadline passed at midnight, 4 April 2018, for employers across the United Kingdom to report their gender pay gaps.

When it comes to bonuses, the picture is equally one sided with Warner U.K.'s female executives paid 82 percent less on average than their male counterparts (44 percent in median terms). "And, that also means thinking about policies and work culture evolutions that could help balance the burden between the genders of caring for children and other family members and alleviate the career and pay impact for women", Lydia Frank, vice president at PayScale, said in a statement.

Efforts have been made to simplify and strengthen these laws since they were introduced - most recently in the Equality Act 2010 - but most of the causes of women having lower pay in the United Kingdom are the result of more subtle factors than blatantly paying women less for the same jobs as men (though that does still happen).

The Queen's Household gender pay report showed women took home £1.08 compared to a man's median hourly rate of £1.

Some cases are easily explicable.

A survey report published by HR consultancy PeoplePointHR this week found that 63.4 per cent of men and 21.1 per cent of women who answered believed that the pay gap is a "fair result of women choosing lower level positions, part-time work and motherhood over career advancement". Some of this will be down to women's own choices; some will be created or exacerbated by employers.

Superdrug - part of the A.S Watson Group - published joint gender pay gap data with United Kingdom discount chain Savers, which is also owned by the group.




But the limits of this week's data don't end there.

Among the UK's largest consumer brand advertisers, the one that hews closest to a 0% pay gap is BT with a mean pay gap that is 0.7% in favour of women and a median pay gap that favours women by 2.3%.

But speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, party vice chair Rehman Chishti confirmed the median gender pay gap is 12.9% in favour of women.

What happens to companies that don't publish?

After the regulator's report has been published, the company might want to sign a "section 23 agreement", pledging to publish its overdue data and to file next year's stats on time.

And then there were 1500 companies that didn't meet the 4 April deadline.

A total of 78% showed a pay gap in favor of men, while 14% favored women and 8% had no gap.

But an average of all salaries within an organisation might be skewed by very high or very low salaries. That's because they are technically considered owners rather than employees.

"We'll never close the pay gap if we don't get serious about solving the opportunity gap".

"When I became prime minister, I committed myself to tackling the burning injustices which mar our society".


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