The gender pay gap is the difference between the average pay of men and women, expressed as a percentage. The gender pay gap is different from equal pay. Equal pay is concerned with pay differences between men and women who carry out the same jobs, similar jobs or work of equal value. It is unlawful to pay people unequally because they are a man or a woman.
Nationally, the gender pay gap has persisted for many years — while the gap has been closing, overall progress has been and remains, very slow. The size of the gap varies between the private, public and voluntary sectors, by different types of businesses/services and by other factors, such as the age of employees. The Government has introduced these new reporting requirements to try and improve the rate of progress in closing this pay gap.
There are many factors which contribute to, or cause, a gender pay gap and these will vary between different employers. Some relate to wider society, such as the type of career choices men and women have typically tended to make and some may be specific to the particular organisation. We have set out in this statement the main factors we consider are contributing to our gender pay gap.