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Gender pay gap data shows improvement – but is it all good?
By Trudie Whitham
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Within the past decade, data amongst full-time employees has revealed that the gender pay gap has decreased by a quarter.

In 2023, the pay gap stood at 7.7% and despite the decrease that’s still a percentage that’s too high for modern day society.

For those that don’t know, the gender pay gap is professionally referred to as ‘the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women’.

Despite the positivity surrounding a decrease in the gap, there are still a lot of factors that need to be worked on.

Women still continued to be paid less in higher positions such as head teachers, judges and managers.

However, the gap did decrease for all occupational groupings from 2022 to 2023.

The biggest decrease came within the skilled trades occupations which went from 18.3% in 2022 to 15% in 2023.

The smallest decrease was for managers, directors and senior officials which only went from 10.2% to 10.1%.

To look at it from the opposite perspective, female biological scientists earned 20.5% more than men in 2023.

Women in community and civil enforcement occupations also earned 28.9% more than men.

Despite these outlying statistics, the gender pay gap is still yet to be quashed in a time when the fight for equality is at a high.

Graph: ‘Werk Magazine’