That probably includes looking at companies with fewer than 250 employees also - I don't believe it's only large corporates and the public sector that continue to underpay their female staff.
Instead, the government intend to publish industry-specific league tables, highlighting the employers failing to even out differences in salary between men and women.
Nearly eight years after the Equality Act, we have data - the first of its kind in the world - that lays bare the scale of the gender pay gap in private businesses and the public sector. "So the idea of putting men and women together is actually a very positive dynamic".
In theory, United Kingdom law has been trying to tackle the pay gap between men and women for decades.
'It is unacceptable that we have an increasing gender pay gap, now at 14pc and it is time for the government to take serious actions to reduce and close the gap, ' NWCI policy coordinator Eilis Ni Chaithnia said. However, we recognise we can do more to champion diversity at all levels of our business and ensure everyone can build and sustain a successful and rewarding career.
However, Rowlands reported that women's median hourly rate - which takes the mid-point when all hourly rates are lined up from biggest to smallest, reducing the impact of one-off outliers - was 3% higher than men's and the median bonus gap was 47% in favour of women.
HSBC on average paid men 59 percent more than women, the biggest difference among companies with more than 5,000 employees in Britain, according to a Reuters analysis of the published data using the mean as the measure. For instance, B&Q reports that women's mean hourly rate is 8.8% lower than men's, and the median hourly rate is 2% lower.
"The first is a higher proportion of men than women in higher paid roles; the second is that we mirror the national picture of more women working part time then men, and most of our part time employees are now in lower earning roles". Fifty-nine percent of women over 45 are still in non-management positions, versus 43% of men. Meanwhile, someone who has not worked in over a year experiences a 7.3 percent penalty in pay.
This is the first time that companies have disclosed their gender pay gap, which shows the difference between what male and female workers are paid on average.
There is certainly far more going on with the gender pay gap than men and women simply being paid differently for the same work.
Kerry bucked the pay gap trend before bonuses were included. In contrast, the technology and education industries have the lowest controlled pay gap at 0.8 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.
The gender pay gap at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust hospitals has been revealed.
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