United Kingdom gender pay gap is reversed for part-time workers

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Although full-time men in the UK earn 11.6% more than women per hour, part-time women earn 4.8% more than part-time men... The Federation of European Employers (FedEE) writes.

Gender pay gap figures are highly misleading.

The UK's Office of National Statistics has just issued its latest figures from the 2011 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. These reveal that although the gender hourly pay gap (excluding overtime) for all employees stood last April at 20.2% the differential between male and female earnings was only 11.7% for full-time workers and was actually reversed for part-time employees. The median hourly earnings of part-time women was 4.8% higher than for part-time men. This gap was entirely due to earnings with in the 22-39 age range.

Speaking about these findings Robin Chater, the Secretary-General of The Federation of European Employers (FedEE), said … “This shows how the overall figures for the gender pay gap are highly misleading. The size of the gap is largely because a much higher proportion of women work part-time than men and part-time earnings for both genders are lower than for full-time work. Where women compete on equal terms with men – in the part-time jobs market – they actually earn more than men.”

What is FedEE?

The Federation of European Employers (FedEE) is the leading organization for multinational companies operating in Europe. It was founded in 1989 with assistance from the European Commission and has its head office in London, UK. The Federation is a direct member organization currently chaired by Ford Europe

For further information and comment contact Alison Merrett on 0207 520 9264 or Alison(dot)merrett(at)fedee(dot)com or Robin Chater directly on robin(dot)chater(at)fedee(dot)com.

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