18 NOVEMBER 2015

New data from ONS data today reveals the median full time pay gap has fallen slightly from 9.6 % to 9.4% in the last year.

The gender pay gap can be calculated by using either the median average or the mean average, and Fawcett also uses the mean. The mean full-time gap has seen a small decline from 14.2% to 13.9%. Whilst the median has its merits in capturing “typical” pay, the mean’s strength is that it captures the extreme ends of the pay scale – which means it includes the men who hold most high paying jobs. This is why the mean full-time gap is 13.9% and the median gap is 9.4%. There is no change in the median aggregate figure for full and part time work at 19.2%.

Commenting on the release of ONS ASHE data on the gender pay gap showing a decrease Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society said:

“The pay gap for full-time work is closing but by the narrowest of margins. When you include part-timers there is no change. This is no cause for celebration and proves again why we must speed up the pace of change or future generations of women at work will continue to lose out.  Employers need to review they pay systems, publish their pay gap figure and develop an action plan. Government must invest in our childcare infrastructure and support mums and dads to share caring responsibilities, and we must remove barriers to career progression and career choices.”

You can read more about the gender pay gap here.