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Gender pay gap in construction industry lowest on record

News   •   Nov 08, 2016 13:34 GMT

Figures show that gender pay gap in construction industry is now lowest on record at 16.3%.

Inequality in pay between men and women working in the construction industry is now less than the all industry average, with the gap resting at 16.3%. This is now 1.8% below the national average, according to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings published by the ONS.

The government will be taking action to tackle the gender pay gap, by requiring all employers with more than 250 members of staff, to publish their gender pay and gender bonus gaps. By doing this, it should become clear what barriers there are which prevent women from reaching a higher wage

Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening said: “It is fantastic to see we now have the lowest gender pay gap on record. No woman should be held back just because of her gender.

“The changes we’ve made so that men and women can share their parental leave, the support we’re giving to get more women into the top jobs at our biggest companies and our drive to get more girls taking STEM subjects at school are all helping to reduce this gap.

“We’ve achieved amazing things but there’s more to do – that’s why we are pushing ahead with plans to require businesses to publish their gender pay and gender bonus gap for the first time ever from April next year.”

The benefits of helping women to unlock their talents are huge – tackling the UK gender gap could add £150Bn to the annual GDP in 2025.

The survey on gender pay gap began in 1997, when the gap for employees was 27.5%.

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