Pay gen­der gap is one of the big­gest in the coun­try

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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