The gender pay gap is one of the most striking issues of our time, with with outgoing PM Theresa May previously vowing to counter it during her term as Prime Minister.
During her tenure, now in it’s final days as we await the new leader, she headed a number of initiatives in an attempt to reduce the gap, ultimately resulting in a small decrease of 0.3% between 2016 and 2017.
In the South West there has been a larger than average decrease in the pay gap in the last 20 years, in 1998 men made 20% more, now in 2018 they make 11.9% more.
It is hoped that legislation – which took effect for the first time in April 2018 – forcing all companies with over 250 employees to state their gender pay gap will reduce the gap further.
To see the gap in your profession use this new calculator from the Office for National Statistics: