An analysis by TUC reveals that women earn an annual average income of £5,000 less than their male counterparts working on a full time job. Additionally, men earn three times more than women even when working on the same job.
According to the union, women should down their tools during the Equal Pay Day, because they are paid 15% less than their male colleagues. On the other hand, men working full time earn an average hourly wage of 35% more than women working part time. This is why they held their Equal Pay Day on August 27.
The Annual survey of hours and earning 2012 found that women earned an average of £18.32 while the men earned £26.54 with the greatest gender based discrepancy being seen in the health sector where men earn £16,000 more than women. The next biggest earnings discrepancy was seen in culture, sport and media where the gap was 27%, equating to £10,000 annually. Manufacturing companies pay men 24% more than women.
Of the occupations that are classified as major by the Office for National Statistics, men earned more in at 32 out of the 35 in this category. Women earned more than men in only 3 of the 35 occupations, electricians, transport drivers and agricultural workers. This doesn’t mean there are no men in these professions. Actually, about 1.5 million of the workers are men compared to the 50,000 women in these occupations.
The gender pay gap is biggest in the private sector, 19.9% as opposed to public sector whose pay gap stands at 13.6%. In his remarks, the general secretary of TUC said that this is contrary to the Equal Pay Act, which means these discrepancies are unfair and unjust on women despite the law having been in place for over four decades.