This Will Tell You If A Man Is Being Paid More Than You

Illustration by Abbie Winters
Just under a month ago, women in the UK glumly acknowledged Equal Pay Day 2016. From 3.34pm on the 10th of November until the end of the year, women have effectively stopped being paid because of the enduring gender pay gap. Now a new online tool created by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) enables us to find the gender pay gap in our own individual industries. Users can select from well over a hundred areas of occupation, and also choose between full-time and part-time employment, to see just how pronounced the gender pay gap in their area of work is. The tool isn't completely comprehensive. As the ONS points out, "it does not show differences in rate of pay for comparable jobs," only across an area of occupation as a whole. Yet it's still revealing. "Women are under-represented in senior roles," the ONS acknowledges. "This may be due to stereotypical attitudes about gender roles, lack of flexible working or women taking time to look after their family." According to the ONS, at 18.1%, the gap in average pay between men and women, for all employees, is the lowest since records began. The gap is most pronounced among construction and building trades supervisors, an area of work where women get paid a massive 45% less than men. For medical practitioners, the gender pay gap is 30%, while for financial managers and directors it's 36%. Other areas of work are closer to achieving parity. For pharmacists the gender pay gap is 6.5%, while for retail cashiers and check-out operatives it's just 0.4%. Female veterinarians get paid an average of 8.1% more than their male counterparts. Find out how your area of work compares to the national average by trying out the tool here.

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