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Gender Pay Gap – Women in Employment

19th February 2016

In the UK, around 47% of people in employment are women, meaning that 53% of the UK’s workforce is made up of men. This is a relatively equal balance between men and women in employment, although figures regarding pay clearly show that there is a genuine inequality that needs to be addressed. The gender pay gap is an issue that has affected women in employment for many years.

The gender pay gap is the difference between male and female earnings. It’s caused by a number of suggested reasons, such as education choices, differences in salary negotiations and discrimination in hiring. Differences in the types of jobs men and women typically apply for is also one of the suggested causes of the gender pay gap, particularly in highly paying high risk jobs such as within the waste management industry.

History of the Gender Pay Gap

Over the years there have been many improvements concerning gender inequality, although in the last 10-15 years that progression has started to slow down. In 1995 the UN held a World Conference addressing the issues of gender inequality, focussing on the discrimination of women in employment. Since then, there has been progress worldwide, but in the words of Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former US president Bill Clinton: “We can’t mistake progress for success”. Since the World Conference on Women in 1995, the average worldwide gender pay gap has marginally decreased from 28% to 20%, which is a difference of less than 0.5% each year.

Where We Are Today

The gender pay gap is common in almost every sector across the country, with the largest gap being in the consumer sector. Jobs in this sector range from factory workers to shop salespeople, providing a wide variety of jobs that both women and men are equally capable of performing. The gap in this sector is as high as 49%, meaning that for every £1,000 that a male earns in one of these roles, a woman only earns £510. The Media, Entertainment and Information sector has the lowest average pay gap, but it still has a difference of 15% between men and women. This means that for every £1,000 a male earns, a woman would earn £850 when working in the same role. We believe that this difference is still too much.

The gender pay gap is caused by a number of different factors, ranging from employers genuinely discriminating in the hiring process to the actual types of job that men and women typically go for. For example, only around 10% of the UK’s construction workforce is made up of women, and only 1% of them are working on site.

Gender Pay Gap – Bromak

There is an apparent gender pay gap within the recruitment industry, which has remained at around 9% for the last four years. Within the construction industry, the pay gap is almost non-existent for workers up to the age of 29. Although for workers aged 45-49, men earn up to 38% more than women.

Here at Bromak, we are proud to say that equality is a top priority of ours for all employees and temporary workers across the country. The gender pay gap is non-existent for all of our employees, ensuring equality, fairness and happiness throughout all of our branches. If you want to find out more about the benefits of working for us, visit our Work for Bromak page. We are currently recruiting for an experienced recruitment consultant to join our team in Lichfield, if you think you’ve got what it takes to work for Bromak then email our HR department.

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