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Justine Greening: “Britain has the lowest gender pay gap”

We heard from influential Minister for women and equalities Justine Greening about record low gender pay gap in Britain.

New research shows that the gender pay gap in the UK is slowly diminishing.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recently spearheaded studies into the discrepancy between gender pay in Britain.

Its data reveals that the differences in wage are gradually diminishing, and are lower that initial findings of 18.1%.

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Furthermore, it unearthed the industries that offered the fairest wages to date, with a gender gap of 10% or less.

These results take a more in-depth look into how a shocking 80% of industries continue to operate under a gender gap.

Additionally, they highlight how 40% of these sectors require a science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) background in order to be qualified for the job.

Therefore, pundits believe they’ve settled upon a vital strategy for alleviating gaps in gender pay, especially in the digital landscape.

They aim to motivate more young women to pursue STEM subjects to tackle unequal pay in professional settings.

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Data from Savoy Stewart

Data impresses Justine Greening, but she urges to do more

Thus, digital careers need to experience higher interest from girls in order to ultimately increase the influx of women.

However, there are some industries where the pay gap is actually in favour of women.

Female train and tram drivers earn a 0.7% more than their male counterparts.

Taxation experts who are women rake in 2% more than men.

Male electrical engineers also earned a sizeable 3.7% less than women in the same profession.

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While data shows that some sectors are reducing the gender pay gap, Justine Greening urges businesses to be more involved.

“Britain has the lowest gender pay gap on record, there are more women in work than ever before, more women-led businesses than ever before and there are now women on every board in the FTSE 100.

“But if we are to help women to reach their potential and eliminate the gender pay gap, we need to shine a light on our workplaces to see where there is more to do to. This tool will empower both men and women to challenge this issue in their profession and help people to make more informed decisions about their career.”

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