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UK gender pay gap widens to 35% in March, study finds

UK gender pay gap widens to 35% in March, study finds

July 10, 2024

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Job search site Adzuna has seen the UK gender pay gap widen to 35% in March 2024, hitting a two-year peak, with women in traditionally male-dominated sectors bearing the brunt of the widening disparities.

Adzuna’s study analysed 672,311 CVs uploaded to its AI-powered CV screening tool ValueMyCV between January 2022 and March 2024, to reveal the average earning likelihood of male and female jobseekers, exposing the most sexist sectors and job titles in the UK.

The study showed women in the UK earned 65p for every pound earned by men in March 2024, representing a 35.2% gender pay gap, up from 27.6% in March 2023 and 23.6% in March 2022. 

In March 2024, the gender pay gap in the engineering sector was recorded at 53%, while the construction sector reported a gap of 52%, meaning that women in engineering and construction earned 47p and 48p respectively, for every pound earned by men. 

Similarly, Adzuna found that women in management & consulting earned 40.1% less than their male colleagues, while women in sports faced a 39.2% pay disparity on average.

Conversely, caretaking & cleaning has the narrowest gap among sectors in the UK with a difference of -0.4%.

In terms of jobs, web developer and photographer are the two where gender has no impact on salary discrepancies.

Women have an advantage over men in the secretarial and graduate sectors. In Q1 2024, women in secretarial earned 11.2% more than men. Meanwhile, female graduates earned an average of 10.6% more than male graduates, signalling a positive trend toward better gender parity in the future.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of job search engine Adzuna, said, “Despite heightened awareness and concerted efforts towards advancing pay parity, Britain’s gender disparities remain a headache, as the gender pay gap reached a shocking two-year peak of 35% in March 2024.”

“The persisting widening pay gap is particularly prevalent among traditionally male-dominated sectors such as engineering and construction, reflecting ongoing occupational segregation and deeply-rooted societal bias in the country,” Hunter said. “Gender pay gaps exceeding 50% are indefensible. Employers must act decisively to close the gender pay gap by ensuring equal pay and increasing female representation in senior leadership positions.”