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Government Urges Employers to Tackle the Gender Pay Gap


The gender pay gap remains at 19.2 percent, according to new figures released today by the Office for National Statistics, unchanged since last year and still the lowest since records began. The figures, which show the differences between men and women’s average earnings underline the focus that many have put on the important task of eliminating the gender pay gap over the last few years.

The figures show that overall UK pay gap for full and part time employees remains at 19.2 per cent while hourly earnings increased for both men and women by 1.4 percent between 2014 and 2015. The gender pay gap remains virtually eliminated for women under 40 and has decreased for all women over 40 in full-time employment. In England, the gender pay gap is the highest in the South East at 22 per cent and lowest in London at 16.3 per cent.