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Gender pay gap

Gender pay gap

The average median gender pay gap among the 10,450 firms that reported data was 12%.

"Companies and Government working together remains the best way to deliver the long-term, lasting change that's needed".

All companies and public bodies with 250 employees or more are required to publish their median and mean gender pay gap figures.

This does not include staff working directly for MPs, however, and doesn't touch on official figures released in December which showed a gender pay gap existed in every core Government department.

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission said in a report published last summer that only one in five companies have put in place a gender pay action plan with specific targets.

At 45 per cent of companies, the gap actually got bigger - mostly because men's earnings rose faster than women's.

More than three quarters of large United Kingdom employers are paying women less than men on average, according to new data.

Latest statistics from the ONS show that, across all employers, the median gender pay gap is at a record low of 17.9%, down from 18.4% the previous year.

The RIBA is also encouraging practices of all sizes voluntarily to evaluate and share their Gender Pay Gap data and, more importantly, to take the most effective recommended actions to improve their gender equality for the benefit the wider profession.

The research suggested that the firms with the largest pay gaps were Independent Vetcare at 48.3% and easyJet at 47.9%.

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A spokesman said: "We still need to become more representative across all levels with women only representing just over 31% of our workforce". Facebook said its gap had widened because more women were hired into lesser paid positions.

Banks and airlines were among the most unequal companies for the second year in a row.

A handful of councils, NHS trusts and universities have already missed the March 30 deadline for public sector organisations.

Across all the firms surveyed, State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of custody bank State Street, showed a year-on-year widening in the pay gap of 13.9 percentage points.

Others where the gap got worse include Interserve FS, part of contractor Interserve, and vehicle seller Inchcape. Driving improvements in equality, diversity and inclusion - including closing the gender pay gap - is a top priority for the RIBA.

Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, said businesses can not close the gap by themselves, adding: "Many of the causes lie outside the workplace including a lack of affordable, high-quality childcare and better careers advice".

"This profile reflects the industry and our gender pay gap results should be considered within the context of this distribution, as this has a significant influence on our overall gender pay gaps".

Just as significantly, 295 more companies stopped paying women less than men past year, compared with the previous 12 months.

Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said: "It's disappointing that many employers are still not providing a narrative or action plan".

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