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UK Minister urges employers to tackle the gender pay gap

Staff writer ▼ | November 19, 2015
New statistics show the gender pay gap in the United Kingdom remains static at 19.2 percent.
Nicky Morgan
Equality   According to the Office for National Statistics:
The gender pay gap remains at 19.2 percent, according to new statistics released 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 important work this government is doing to eliminate the gender pay gap.

The figures show that:

the overall UK pay gap for full and part time employees remains at 19.2 percent

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 percent and lowest in London at 16.3 percent.

Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, said: "We have been clear that you can’t have true opportunity without equality and that’s why eliminating the gender pay gap is a key priority for this government.

"These figures confirm the need for us to drive forward change. That’s why we are working with business to ensure all large employers publish gender pay gap information, including bonuses. And most importantly we’ll tackle the underlying causes of the gender pay gap - we will ensure that women are given the support they need to progress from the classroom right through to the boardroom."