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The Gender Pay Gap in Britain Gets Another Look

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The U.K. is the biggest country yet to examine the explosive topic of the pay gap between women and men via mandatory annual disclosures. For a second year, employers with at least 250 workers in Britain have reported gender wage data, after the results from a debut survey in 2018 produced widespread criticism. In aggregate, the gap is little changed from the previous year, highlighting again how women are under-represented in higher-paying roles, and why it will likely take years to narrow the difference.

About half of private employers saw their pay gap narrow, while half said the difference was worse or there was no change, according to preliminary data from the Government Equalities Office. Analysis of 10,455 filings by Bloomberg shows the overall figure was little changed, with a mean pay gap of 14.23 percent on April 5, 2018, compared with 14.21 a year earlier, based on all types of organizations. The median difference was 9.6 percent, compared with 9.2 percent. The disparity in bonus payments however widened to 15.7 percent from 8.4 percent. Men in aggregate were paid more at 88 percent of companies and public-sector bodies, according to Bloomberg.