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UK's most 'sexist' city in gender pay gap revealed

Sunita Patel-Carstairs, Business Reporter

Men in some cities are being paid up to 54% more than women, according to a new survey.

Research by jobs site Adzuna found Chester to be the most "sexist" city in the UK in terms of wages, with men being paid an average of £38,000 a year compared with £25,000 for women.

Second on the list was Crawley in Sussex (50%), followed by Warrington (48%), High Wycombe (47%) and Worcester (45%).

Belfast had the narrowest gender pay gap where women earn an average of about £25,000 a year compared to just over £30,000 for men - a margin of 19%.

Smaller pay differences were also found in Southend (20%) ,Brighton (21%), Glasgow (23%) and Luton (23%).

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Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said the study provided "a rude awakening to cities up and down the UK" and said "unacceptable" pay differences are "holding back productivity in the jobs market".

"There is no easy fix to even-out pay levels, but employers must show more support to female staff," he said.

"We can boost women in the workplace by helping them return to work after career breaks, allowing more flexible working options, and supporting women into higher paid, higher level roles.

"The number of women in executive level positions remains far too low. Keeping women working, and allowing them to reach their full potential will fire up productivity levels and pay dividends."

The report was based on a study of the CVs of more than 155,000 jobseekers.

Large companies with more than 250 employees must reveal the difference between the average pay of male and female staff under new Government reporting regulations introduced in April.

Top 10 cities with the biggest gender pay gap:

:: Chester: £24,589 (F) £37,959 (M) - 54.4%

:: Crawley: £25,220 (F) £38,058 (M) - 50.9%

:: Warrington: £24,280 (F) £36,087 (M) - 48.6%

:: High Wycombe: £26,423 (F) £38,975 (M) - 47.5%

:: Worcester: £23,832 (F) £34,646 (M) - 45.4%

:: Winchester: £30,182 (F) £43,805 (M) - 45.1%

:: Milton Keynes: £26,652 (F) £38,540 (M) - 44.6%

:: Guildford: £28,857 (F) £41,418 (M) - 43.5%

:: Peterborough: £24,339 (F) £34,669 (M) - 42.4%

:: Hull: £20,675 (F) £29,343 (M) - 41.9%


Top 10 cities with the lowest gender pay gap:

:: Belfast: £25,258 (F) £30,040 (M) - 18.9%

:: Southend-On-Sea: £24,093 (F) £29,011 (M) 20.4%

:: Brighton: £27,889 (F) £33,879 (M) - 21.5%

:: Glasgow: ££26,130 (F) £32,182 (M) - 23.2%

:: Luton: £24,146 (F) £29,845 (M) - 23.6%

:: Exeter: £26,090 (F) £32,298 (M) - 23.8%

:: Preston: £25,212 (F) £31,353 (M) - 24.4%

:: Basildon: £23,687 (F) £29,603 (M) - 25.0%

:: Oxford: £33,118 (F) £41,456 (M) - 25.2%

:: Wolverhampton: (F) £23,009 (M) £28,803 - 25.2%