Concern as pay gap between male and female managers increases

29th September 2017

Concern as pay gap between male and female managers increases

The pay gap between male and female managers is widening in the UK, with women earning on average £12,000 a year less than men.

The disparity between managers now stands at 26.8%, according to analysis by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR – much higher than the average of 18.1% for all workers, or 9.4% for full-time staff.

Meanwhile, the study found that just 1% of the UK’s large companies have complied with the Government’s new pay transparency rules, introduced in April, which require firms with more than 250 employees to disclose the size of their gender pay gap. As of last week, just 77 of the 7,850 companies had fulfilled their obligations, according to the CMI.

The research also found that women are far more likely to occupy junior management roles than men (66% compared with 34%), while men hold almost three-quarters of senior positions.

At director level positions, the gap widens even further to just over £34,000, with men earning an average of £175,673 and women just £141,529.

CMI chief executive Ann Francke said: “Too many businesses are like ‘glass pyramids’ with women holding the majority of lower-paid junior roles and far fewer reaching the top.

“We now see those extra perks of senior management roles are creating a gender pay gap wider than previously understood.”

In July, the BBC’s gaping gender disparity between remuneration for male and female stars was laid bare, following the publication of pay scales for those earning more than £150,000 a year.

Two-thirds of BBC stars earning more than £150,000 were male, while the top female earner – Claudia Winkleman – was paid between £450,000 and £500,000 last year, a fraction of the salary handed to BBC Radio 2 host Evans, who earnt £2.5m.

How can Gotelee’s Employment Law Solicitors help you?

Understanding your obligations when it comes to the gender pay gap and equal pay is complex. The danger of ignoring this important issue is only likely to lead to problems being compounded and stored up for the future, and potentially exposing your organisation to greater risk of equal pay and sex discrimination claims.

Gotelee’s team of employment law experts, based in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Melton, can help you. To find out more about what we can do, contact Andrew West on 01473 298102 or email or Marie Allen on 01473 298133 or email

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