UK research finds women paid less than men in 90% of sectorsStaff writer ▼ | November 18, 2015
New report shows women working in financial and insurance sectors among the worst affected.
Equality Opportunities and outcomes in education and work: Gender effects
The report, Opportunities and outcomes in education and work: Gender effects, released by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), examines the impact of gender on a range of education and employment outcomes.
The research finds that male workers are paid on average 19% more than female counterparts in almost all areas of the workforce.
This research shows that women working in financial and insurance sectors, as well as other professional roles, are worst affected by the gap in pay – with some earning almost 40% less than men.
Similarly, large pay gaps also exist within the energy sectors and scientific and technical occupations – roles where women are already chronically under-represented.
The stark findings on pay are further compounded by the fact that female students outperform males at all levels of education, from GCSEs and A-Levels, through to University and post-graduate studies – making them more likely to be highly skilled and qualified. ■