Improvement needed in civil service gender pay gap

New figures have shown that women are paid less than men across the civil service, with women earning 16.9 per cent less than male colleagues in some departments.

That 16.9 per cent disparity was reported in the Department of Transport, while the lowest difference (three per cent) was recorded in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

All government departments are now required to publish an annual gender pay audit. The civil service, which employs 419,000 staff, compares favourably with the public sector where women are paid on average 19.4 per cent less than men and the private sector where the figure is 23.7 per cent.

Sir Jeremy Heyward said the data was a ‘matter for concern’, but also praised the decrease in the overall pay gap from 13.6 per cent to 12.7 per cent.

After the Department for Transport, the highest pay gap percentages were in the Department for Exiting The EU (15.26 per cent), the Department of Health (14.2 per cent) and the Ministry of Defence (12.5 per cent).

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