Most UK Companies Still Give Higher Pay to Men than Women

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The struggle for workplace gender equality – particularly in terms of remuneration – endures.

Gender pay gap in the UK remains an issue as male employees working in most firms continue to receive higher hourly rates than their female counterparts, based on recent data provided by the government, reported BBC.

The gender pay gap is the average difference in the hourly salary between male and female workers. It should not be confused with pay inequality. The latter concerns the difference in the salary between male and female employees doing the same set of tasks or job.

According to UK Government Equalities Office Data, 74 percent of companies give higher wage rates to male workers.

Only 15 percent of companies comprised of over 250 workers give a higher pay to female workers.

Then according to 11 percent of companies, the hourly rates they pay to both their male and female staff have no difference.

Though it is not illegal for firms to have a gender pay difference, such is generally perceived to be an act of discrimination.

Nowadays, at least, in the case of UK, male workers here are getting paid more than 8 percent more than female workers.

TUI Airways and easyJet are among those airline companies in the UK where the biggest gender pay gap exists. They have a pay gap of 47 percent and 45.5 percent, respectively.

In the banking industry, Clydesdale Bank, TSB Bank, and English billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Money are all guilty of it. The wage of male employees of the Bank of England is 24 percent higher than its female staff.

EasyJet Airline explained that majority of its pilots are male. The female workers who receive lower remuneration packages are part of the cabin crew.

TUI offered the same reason.

An 18 percent pay gap for all workers exists, according to another set of figures provided, this time, by UK’s Office for National Statistics.