Research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has found that women are paid less than men in 90% of workplaces. On average men were paid 19% more than women, with significantly larger pay gaps existing in the financial, insurance and energy sectors.
This disparity is despite female students outperforming their male counterparts at all levels of education. UKCES assistant director, Dr Vicki Belt, blamed occupational segregation for the persistent gender pay gap. “Women are under-represented in a range of sectors and occupations that offer higher paying roles – for example fewer than 10% of British engineers are female”.
The report recommended improving the connection between education and employers, while ensuring that strategic skills-based leadership at a local level has a focus on leveraging opportunities for women