According to the latest figures published by the government’s Gender Pay Gap Reporting System, women in the UK were paid only 90p for every £ 1 earned by a man.
Among those high-profile companies that reported large gender gaps in particular was EasyJet. According to data submitted by EasyJet Airlines, the company’s largest arm, women’s average wage stood at just 36p for every 1 1 earned by men last year.
Other companies reporting that the median male earnings were at least twice that of female employees include several academy trusts, including HSBC Bank.
A spokesman for EasyJet said its “gender pay submissions do not represent the full picture because pilots were included in the April 2021 data, when most of our predominantly UK cabin crew community remained in Farlow”.
An analysis conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that the largest gender middle pay gap in the sector was construction, where female employees received only 76p for every £ 1 earned by a male.
The gap between the financial and insurance sectors is equivalent to 88p for women compared to a male opponent whereas women working in information and communication get 83p for every pound earned by a man.
The smallest gap is in human health and social activities, equivalent to 98p for every 1; Industry, Recreation, and Entertainment (96p), and Transportation and Storage (95p).
“Statistics show that there has been little change in addressing the gender pay gap in Great Britain,” said Charles Cotton, Senior Policy Adviser for CIPD Awards and Recognition.
He added: “Employers should not just report numbers; Instead, they need to understand the reasons for any gaps and be clear about how they plan to deal with them. “
Although all agencies and organizations with 250 or more employees are required to file a report on gender pay gap, the number of reporting agencies has dropped from 9,000 to 8,200 during the recent reporting period.
The gap between the average hourly rates achieved by men and women in the UK has actually improved somewhat over the previous year, shrinking to 9.8% in 2021/22 from 10.2% in the previous reporting period.
However, statistics from recent years may have been affected by the Covid crisis: 2019/20 reporting was canceled when last year’s deadline was changed from spring to October to facilitate business affected by the epidemic.
The median hourly pay gap does not cover similar job role gaps and, due to the discount, some high-level executives, including partners, and some non-employees, typically low paid employees, are not included in the data.
A spokesman for EasyJet said: “We have always made it clear that our gender pay gap is not the result of unequal pay but the gender balance of our pilot community, which is predominantly male.
“This is a familiar, industry-wide challenge that will take many years to reverse, and one that we have been actively trying to address for several years.”
When its larger and smaller arms were combined, however, the overall middle sex pay gap was 41p vs. £ 1, instead of 36 36p, the spokesman said.