HR & Management

The gender pay gulf is bigger in these ten UK cities

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10 November 2017

While there is no easy way to fix the difference in wage levels, recent Adzuna research indicated certain regions were far from closing the gender pay gulf in comparison to others.

The gender pay gulf was an area of focus long before the BBC scandal took place – and our interest in the subject is unlikely to diminish any time soon. In fact, the pressure is on for businesses, exclaimed Adzuna co-founder Doug Monro, as April 2018 will see “employers publish data on the salaries received by men and women”.

He added: “Of course, there’s always more that can be done to drive the issue of gender inequality. On a local basis, we should be making sure there are affordable childcare options, encouraging young girls into high-paid skill shortage areas like engineering through education, and publicising successful female role models to inspire the next generation.”

Publicising which regions are falling flat in these regards will also help get the ball rolling, Monro hopes. Taking the task to heart, the company analysed over 155,000 CVs of jobseekers using its ValueMyCV algorithm in a bid to reveal the average earnings of women across the UK.

The worst wage offender was Chester, with a gender pay gulf of 54.4 per cent. While men made on average £37,959, women earned £24,589. This was followed by Crawley, with a gap of 50.9 per cent and Warrington, with a divide of 48.6 per cent.

In comparison, Belfast was praised for having narrowed the gap, whereby men made £30,040 and women £25,258. Southend-on-Sea came in as second best with a gender pay gap of 20.4 per cent, followed by Brighton’s 21.5 per cent and Glasgow’s 23.2 per cent.

Here’s Adzuna’s list of ten “most sexist” UK cities:

City

Average Female Salary

Average Male Salary

Gender Pay Gap

Chester

£24,589

£37,959

54.4 per cent

Crawley

£25,220

£38,058

50.9 per cent

Warrington

£24,280

£36,087

48.6 per cent

High Wycombe

£26,423

£38,975

47.5 per cent

Worcester

£23,832

£34,646

45.4 per cent

Winchester

£30,182

£43,805

45.1 per cent

Milton Keynes

£26,652

£38,540

44.6 per cent

Guildford

£28,857

£41,418

43.5 per cent

Peterborough

£24,339

£34,669

42.4 per cent

Hull

£20,675

£29,343

41.9 per cent

“This should be a rude awakening to UK cities as more must be done to bridge the gender pay gulf,” Monro opined. “In some cities, men are earning up to 54 per cent more than women, an unacceptable pay difference that is holding back productivity in the jobs market.

“Employers must show more support to female staff. We can boost women in the workplace by helping them return to work after career breaks, allowing more flexible working options and supporting women into higher paid, higher-level roles.”

Adzuna’s research also made clear that the number of women in executive level positions remained low.