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Welcome for fall in gender pay gap

Friday, November 25, 2011

The gender pay gap has fallen below 10% for the first time according to the 2011 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings’ published by the Office for National Statistics. In April 2011 the gap between men’s and women’s median full-time hourly earnings, excluding overtime, was 9.1% - down from 10.1% in April 2010.


During the year women’s earnings grew faster than men’s, rising by 1.9%, with men’s earnings rising by 0.8%. On an hourly rate women’s earnings rose from 11.69 last year to 11.91 this year, while men’s rose from 13.00 an hour in 2010 to 13.11 in 2011. The gender pay gap for part-time employees was -5.6% in 2011, widening from -4.3 % the year before, meaning that part-time women are paid more than part-time men.


The gap between the highest and lowest paid employees widened between 2010 and 2011. The hourly full-time earnings, excluding overtime, of those in the top decile grew by 1.8% whereas those in the bottom decile saw an increase of only 0.1%.


Meg commented:


“It is pleasing that women’s wages have risen and the gender pay gap is shrinking though we still have some way to go before we truly have equal pay. What is worrying is the widening gap between those at the top of the tree and those on the bottom. It’s especially concerning during a time of growing unemployment and poverty.”


For more information see: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/ashe/annual-survey-of-hours-and-earnings/ashe-results-2011/ashe-statistical-bulletin-2011.html


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