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Women still earn just 84p to every £1 a man is paid

Lianna Brinded
Head of Yahoo Finance UK
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The gender pay gap is closing but women earn just 84p to every £1 a man is paid, according to by Glassdoor Economic Research.

The research arm of the major global jobs website analysed the pay gaps for eight countries — United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Singapore — and crunched data from more than half a million salary reports shared on Glassdoor by employees over the past three years.

In its report, entitled Progress on the Gender Pay Gap: 2019, while significant pay gaps remain between men and women, the UK, US, France and Australia, have shown closing the gulf between the salaries of men and women from three years ago.

Table: Glassdoor Economic Research

In the UK the unadjusted gender pay gap — just comparing men and women’s salaries — is at 17.9%, equating to women earning, on average, 82p for every £1 men earn. This represents a 5% shrink in the unadjusted pay gap from 2016. 

In places like the US and Germany show the gulf is over 20%. Germany was the only country that didn’t report an improvement in closing the gender pay gap

Table: Glassdoor Economic Research

“Over the past three years, company leaders, politicians, celebrities and more have called for an end to the gender pay gap. Glassdoor’s comprehensive study put those words to the test to reveal that slight progress has been made to close the gap,” said Glassdoor chief economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain.

“Though a promising sign, it should not detract from the larger fact that significant pay gaps remain around the world, even after controlling for workplace and job factors.” 

When adjusting the pay gap — accounting for age, experience, education job titles — there is still a gap across the board. This means that even if someone has the same experience, education, and doing the same job, men still earn more than women.

Chart: Glassdoor Economic Research

When researchers looked at different characteristics for an adjusted pay gap, they found there was a another gap that was termed as “unexplained.”

For example, they say only 61% of the overall UK pay gap can be explained, while 39% of the overall pay gap cannot be explained by any factors observable in the data.

“This means the unexplained pay gap could be attributed to factors such as workplace bias (whether intentional or not), negotiation gaps between men and women and/or other unobserved worker characteristics,” said researchers.

Table: Glassdoor Economic Research