Government departments gender pay gap revealed

19 Dec 17

Seven government departments have a gender pay gap of more than 10%, according to a series of reports released under equalities legislation.

The Department for Transport has the largest mean gender pay gap of any government department, at 16.9%.

The Department of Health’s pay gap stands at 14.2%, while its mean bonus pay gap hit 33.1%, which along with the Treasury is by far the highest.

As the newest department, the Department for Exiting the EU had a pay gap of 15.3% but had not issued any bonuses in the accounting period.

Using the mean average, the only departments to show a gap in favour of women for bonuses were the Department for International Trade at -14.4% and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport at -7.1%.

DCMS also had the lowest mean pay gap, at 3.3%.

Senior civil servants union the FDA said there was a “long way to go” before the pay gap was closed.

Zohra Francis, FDA equality officer, said: “It cannot be right that, in 2017, women are still being discriminated against and undervalued, in some departments earning almost 17% less than their male colleagues.

“It should be abundantly clear at all levels of government that such flaws in the pay system can only be addressed by a fully-funded pay rise.”

According to the Institute for Government’s analysis of National Audit Office figures, in 2015 the Department for Energy and Climate Change had the greatest gender pay gap for senior civil servants, at 16.8%. This equated women earning around £14,000 less on average per year than their male counterparts.

DECC has since been renamed the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Its 2016/17 mean gender pay gap stands at 12%.

Under equality regulations that came into force in March, public authorities are required to publish their gender pay gap data by 30 March 2018, and then annually.

The information includes the mean and median gender pay gaps, mean and median gender bonus gaps, proportion of men and women who received bonuses and the proportions of male and female employees in each pay quartile.

In June, the Department for Education became the first government department to publish its gender pay gap and bonus pay gap.

It reported a mean pay gap of 5.3% and a median pay gap of 5.9%. Its mean bonus pay gap is only 0.8% its mean, 0.0%.

Mean pay gap and bonus gap

Treasury: 7.1%, 33.5%

DfID: 8.5%, 6.9%

DCLG: 5.9%, [bonus included in all pay]

Defra: 11.5%, 20.6%

DoH: 14.2%, 33.1%

FCO: 10.6%, 16.7%

MoJ: 4.7%, 18.3%

Cabinet Office: 10%, 19.1%

DfT: 16.9%, 25.2%

DIT: 3.6%, -14.4% [The fact that the mean gender bonus pay gap favours females suggests that the pay gap has been affected by extreme values, ie high bonus payments received by small numbers of high-earning females.]

MoD: 12.5%, 2.9% [civil servants]

Home Office: 10.1%, 13%

BEIS: 12%, 12%

DCMS: 3.3%, -7.1%

DWP: 5.3%, 12.3%

HMRC and VOA: 8.9%, 9.1%

DExEU: 15.3%, [As a new department, we did not have any bonuses paid in the snapshot period.]

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