UK’s gender pay gap one of the largest in Europe

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UK’s gender pay gap one of the largest in Europe

The Labour Research Department has produced a new report on the gender pay gap – the difference between men’s and women’s hourly pay – for the European Public Service Unions (EPSU). The report looks at how the gender pay gap has changed in key public services since 2010 in 31 European states, using official Eurostat figures.

It finds that since 2010 the gap between women’s and men’s earnings in public administration, education and health and social work has been growing in some industries and countries, but falling in most. Looking just at the public sector, the gender pay gap is largest in health and social work and smallest in public administration. However, one big problem is that some countries fail to provide detail on the gender pay gap in public administration.

The overall gender pay gap in the UK, at 20.6% in 2016, is one of the largest in Europe. Only Estonia and the Czech Republic have higher figures. Since 2010, the UK gender pay gap has been getting smaller in health and public administration, but larger in education.

In Probation, the situation is less bad, probably because 70% of the workforce are female. Research by Gill Kirton and Cecile Guillaume, for Women in Napo, found that the pay gap was in fact relatively small at 4% and women comprise around half of senior management grades.

You can download a copy of the LRD study here

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