An online tool created by the Government Equalities Office reveals that women working in estate agency and auctioneering in the UK are on average paid 18.2 per cent less than men.
From next April large employers will have to reveal their gender pay and gender bonus gaps and the new tool has been introduced to measure industry-way disparities. The regulations, which will affect almost 8,000 employers with around 11m employees, are the first of their kind in the UK.
The largest pay gap measured by the GEO is in the construction and building trade supervisory sector, where the gender pay gap is 45.4 per cent, in favour of men.
The tool suggests that female employees of agencies and auctioneers now earn an average of £10.13 an hour - men, by contrast, earn an average of £12.39 per hour. This gap exists despite the fact that 60 per cent of the employees in this category are in fact women.
In the associated ‘property, housing and estate managers’ category, women earn £14.93 per hour, while men earn £17.79 per hour; women hold 41 per cent of the jobs in this group.
“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” claims Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening.
“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. Employers must play their part in this too and take action to tackle the gender pay gap in their organisation” she adds.
Last month, separate data from the Ministry for Women suggested a slightly smaller gender pay gap, alkthough at that time there was only one all-industry property category.