Reviews of the UK pay gap crisis has revealed statistics of the differences between male and female salaries.
In April 2018 a study was carried out which assessed companies across the UK that had over 250 members of staff. With over 10,000 submissions, there has been a direct focus on the ‘median pay gap’, comparing salaries between the middle-earning men and women, as opposed to the standard method of settling at an average which does not accurately represent the figures.
The research showed that women in the construction industry are reportedly receiving lower percentiles of pay, with men consuming the larger salaries. The UK average pay gap across property and environmental sectors hits a figure of 18.6% and the construction industry is currently at 20.4%. This is a large decrease from the 36% pay gap that was recorded in early April of 2018 however, there is still more opportunity to lower the percentages.
It should be considered that these figures are extracted from an average report, meaning that they do not represent the direct comparison of a man and woman of the same role, although, these reports have brought to light the action that needs to be taken in the UK to regulate the balance within the workplace and allow more women to strive for higher roles.
Over the previous 50 years, there has been a huge advancement in equality between the sexes, especially with the recent political movements which have raised awareness for the gender pay gap issues.