Official figures analysed by the TUC show the hourly rate of pay for men is £26.54 and for women £18.32, with the disparity even wider in part-time jobs
Women working full time still earn almost £5,000 a year less than their male colleagues, and the pay gap in some jobs is three times bigger, according to a TUC analysis of official figures.
The union said today marked Equal Pay Day – the point in the year at which women effectively stop earning because they are paid on average 15% less than men. The difference is even bigger for women working part time, who earn 35% less per hour than men working full time, so Equal Pay Day for them was on 27 August, the report said.
The figures from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2012 showed the hourly rate of pay for men was £26.54, versus £18.32 for women. They also showed that the biggest gender pay gap was among health professionals, where female staff earn £16,000 a year less than their male counterparts.
Women working in culture, media and sport experienced the next biggest pay gap at 27.5%, totalling £10,000 a year, while women working in manufacturing occupations earned nearly 24% less than men.
The TUC found that women earned less than men in 32 of the 35 major occupations classified by the Office for National Statistics.
The three major occupations where women earned more were as transport drivers, electricians and agricultural workers. These are all male dominated occupations, employing fewer than 50,000 women compared to 1.5 million men.
The gender pay gap across the private sector is 19.9%, far higher than the 13.6% pay gap in the public sector, the TUC said. Its general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said the pay gap was “a huge injustice”. “Four decades on from the Equal Pay Act, it is clear we need to take a tougher approach so that future generations of women don’t suffer the same penalties.
“One simple way would be to force companies to be more transparent about how they pay staff. Pay transparency and pay audits would give employers the evidence they need to finally take closing the pay gap seriously.”
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