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Gender pay gap falls

The gender pay gap has fallen below 10% for the first time, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics. Standing at 10.1% in April 2010, the gap between men’s and women’s median full-time hourly earnings excluding overtime was down to 9.1% in April 2011.


This is a result of women’s earnings growing faster than men’s. Men’s earnings rose by 0.8% over the year (from £13.00 an hour in 2010 to £13.11 in 2011), while women’s earnings rose by 1.9% – up from £11.69 an hour last year to £11.91 this year.


On other measures, the gender pay gap for part-time employees was -5.6% in 2011, widening from -4.3% the year before. This means that part-time women are paid more than part-time men. The measure based on all employees fell from 19.8% in 2010 to 19.5% this year.


Other data in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings show that median gross weekly earnings for full-timers, at £501, were up by only 0.4% on the 2010 total of £499. Public sector workers saw a rise of only 0.3% (from £554 in 2010 to £556 this year) while in the private sector the increase was 0.8% (£473 a week in 2010, £476 in 2011).


There was a widening in the gap between the highest and lowest paid employees: between 2010 and 2011, the hourly full-time earnings excluding overtime of those in the top decile grew by 1.8%, whereas those in the bottom decile saw an increase of only 0.1%.



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