how wide is the public sector gender pay gap?

The gender pay gap shows no signs of reaching parity any time soon across nine major occupational groups, new figures show. 

New data from the Office of National Statistics shows on average men earn more than women in both part time work, where the pay gap is 18%, and full time work, where the gap is 9%.

Overall, statistics suggest that even though 78% of full time care and leisure roles are filled by women, these women earn 9% less than their male counterparts do.

Similarly, even in more highly paid roles, such as directors and officials, where more men than women work, the pay gap is a staggering 16% in favour of men (per hour on average).

How does the pay gap play out across the public services sectors?

Overall, more roles throughout the education and care sectors have a pay gap which is on average, less favourable to women. For example, male higher education teaching professionals on average earn 9% more than females.

Similarly, for senior care workers, a job in which 84% of employees are women, the gap is 8% in favour of men. However, on the other end of the spectrum, there are some roles in which the pay gap is reversed, and women actually earn more.

For example, for SEN teachers, a job role which is female dominated (just 26% of SEN teachers are male), women earn 3% more. In fact, female midwives earn 62% more than their male counterparts do.

Interestingly, of the job roles covered in public services, nursing is the only position with a 0% pay gap. We’ve put together a list of some of public service roles and the average pay gap per hour:

  • higher education teaching professionals: 9% gap (in favour of men)
  • school secretaries: 8% gap
  • senior care works: 8% gap
  • care escorts: 7% gap
  • secondary education teaching professionals: 6% gap
  • social services managers and directors: 5% gap
  • nursery nurses and assistants: 5% gap
  • educational support assistants: 2% gap
  • care workers & home carers: 1% gap
  • nurses: 0% gap
  • social workers: -0.3% gap
  • primary & nursery education teaching professionals: -0.5% gap
  • youth & community workers: -3% gap
  • SEN teaching professionals: -3% gap
  • midwives: -62% gap 

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