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Gender pay gap falls

The gender pay gap fell to 9.6% in April 2012, according to new figures from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).

The figures show that the gender pay gap – which is the difference between men’s and women’s median hourly pay excluding overtime for full-time employees – stood at 10.5% in 2011.

This year’s fall continues a general downward trend in the pay gap in recent years. For part-timers, the pay gap remains negative, meaning women are better paid than men. Here the gap widened slightly, at -5.2% in 2012 compared with -5.1% in 2011.

Looking at all employees, the gender pay gap is bigger than for full-timers but has again fallen between 2011 and 2012 (19.7% in 2012, down from 20.2% in 2011). This is affected by the higher proportion of women than men who work part-time, as part-timers tend to have lower hourly rates.

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