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Gender pay gap falls to 7.4%, down from 9.0% in April 2019

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

Latest ONS statistics reveal that: (a) Among full-time employees the gender pay gap in April 2020 was 7.4%, down from 9.0% in April 2019; (b) The gender pay gap among all employees was 15.5% in 2020, down from 17.4% in 2019; (c) The gender pay gap remained close to zero for full-time employees aged under 40 years but was over 10% for older age groups; (d) Compared with lower-paid employees, higher earners experienced a much larger difference in hourly pay between the sexes; (e) There was a fall in the gender pay gap within the managers, directors and senior officials occupation group in 2020; this group has previously been identified as having a notable impact on the pay gap; and (f) Since 2016, the gap has reduced among employees working in both smaller and larger (250 or more employees) companies.

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