Whilst the Office for National Statistics found that the pay gap had been reduced to less than a 10% difference in their 2011 annual survey, the results of the new survey by MySalaryCalculator.co.uk demonstrate that gender pay equality is still an important issue.
Dr Fishwick was surprised at the extent of the gender pay gap. “The survey found that with almost statistical certainty (99.5%), men typically earn between £4,907 and £7,491 more than women. Although males are generally better paid, they also have a wider range in salary. There is less variety in women's salaries.”
Dr Catherine Hakim, a Visiting Professor at the WZB research institute in Berlin, commented on the results. "It is interesting to get the information on the greater dispersion of male earnings among full-time workers, a point that is never revealed clearly by the government's annual ASHE results on the pay gap. It is well-established that women work in a narrower range of jobs than men. Now we know that their earnings are also heavily clustered around the average, whereas male workers include lots of high-earners and also lots of low-earners."
Chris Bell, creator of MySalaryCalculator.co.uk, hopes that the survey results will be the first of many important findings. “The website serves as a handy tool to simulate the effects of a pay raise, a new job, or just to check that you're not paying too much tax. It makes sense to then use this data to highlight trends in pay between different backgrounds.”
For more information about the survey, and how it was analysed please visit http://www.mysalarycalculator.co.uk.