The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the gender pay gap among full-time employees has increased. Now standing at 8.9%, statistics reveal there has been a decline of only 0.6% since 2012.
Underpinning the figures was a discrepancy in pay levels relating to age group. The ONS research showed that, for age groups under 40 years, the gender pay gap for full-time employees is now close to zero. Among 40- to 49-year-olds the gap, currently at 11.4%, has decreased substantially over time. However, for those over 50 years, the gap is over 15% and is not declining strongly over time.
According to the ONS, the difference between age groups comes partly as a result of women over 40 years old being more likely to work in lower-paid occupations. They are less likely to work as senior officials, managers or directors, in comparison with their younger counterparts.
Overall, the statistics show that the gender pay gap among all employees fell from 17.8% in 2018 to 17.3% in 2019, and continues to decline.
Guidance on gender pay reporting and how to help reduce the gender pay gap can be found on the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service website.