Report highlights gender pay gap persistence

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Gender pay inequality continues to be witnessed in the UK

A new report published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has highlighted the ongoing disparity in pay between men and women working in the same positions in companies across the UK.

The CMI's data has shown that, on average, women working in full-time jobs are paid 22 per cent less than their male colleagues, despite both members of the opposite sex carrying out the same responsibilities and functions.

This means female staff are effectively working unpaid for up to one hour and 40 minutes each day - the equivalent of 57 days every year.

Overall, the gap between average male and female pay in the UK has now expanded to £8,524, with the average male annual salary standing at £39,136 compared to the female salary of £30,612.

Furthermore, when bonuses are taken into account, the pay gap widens further, with the average bonus for female staff just over half that of their male colleagues' (£2,531 against £4,898).

Responding to the report, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady stated: "The UK will never really address the problem of unequal pay until there are systems in place to expose and tackle the huge gap between what men and women doing similar jobs in the same workplaces are paid.

"The government's move to require companies to publish pay gap information is positive, but it doesn't go far enough. We need pay transparency and equal pay audits."

Ms O'Grady's comments relate to the government's recent announcement that new legislation will come into force next year that will require all companies of 250-plus members of staff to publish full details on their remuneration packages for male and female workers.