Pay gender gap is one of the biggest in the country
CHILTERN in Buckinghamshire has one of the biggest gender pay gaps in the whole country.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics shows men in the area earn 50 per cent more than women, meaning being male in the area could net you an extra £6.81 an hour.
The figures show men living in Chiltern earn the equivalent of £20.41 an hour, on average, while women make just £13.60.
The gender gap in wages is far worse in Chiltern than it is nationally.
Across the UK, men earn an hourly wage of £13.46, while women earn £10.94 – a difference of 23 per cent.
Across Buckinghamshire as a whole, men earn £3.61 an hour extra compared to women, or 28 per cent more.
However, the county is not the worst area in the country for gender disparity.
In Allerdale, Cumbria, for example, men earn 69 per cent more than women.
Only five areas see the gender gap work the other way – South Buckinghamshire, Denbighshire and Conwy in Wales, Hackney in London and Rossendale in Lancashire all see women earn slightly more.
In South Bucks, women earn 15p more an hour than men, on average.
One factor in the gen- der divide when it comes to wages is the number of men and women in full-time compared to part-time employment.
Across the UK, women are far more likely to work part-time than men – in large partly due to expectations surrounding childcare – and these positions are usually lower paid.
In Chiltern, 82 per cent of working men have full-time jobs, while 40 per cent of women in the area work part-time.
When it is taken into account the fact that, on average, part-time workers in the county are paid more than £7 less an hour, this has a huge impact on the earning potential of women.