A piece in The Times today by Henry Zeffman, Political Reporter:
Women working at the Department for Transport are paid almost 17 per cent less on average than men, the biggest gender pay gap in Whitehall.
The first such figures to be released revealed that the departments responsible for transport, Brexit and health have the widest disparities between the sexes. The best performers are the departments responsible for culture, media and sport, international trade and justice. A gender pay gap was reported by every department.
Theresa May has demanded “sustained action” from employers on the issue, but the statistics from government departments, published after ministers made it compulsory for organisations with more than 250 employees to report on their gender pay gap, show that Whitehall has work to do.
Bernadette Kelly, permanent secretary at the Department for Transport, said the sector “has been a very male dominated environment” and that “we are still living with the vestiges of that culture”. At the Department for Exiting the European Union men are paid 15.3 per cent more than women. It said that most staff were on loan from other departments with their own pay structures. At the Department of Health, average male pay is 14.2 per cent higher than average female pay. Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, said the gender pay gap was “narrowing, although it is still a matter of concern”. [J4MB emphasis]
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