CMI Comment: ASHE Gender Pay Gap Stats

According to the CMI, the latest ASHE report on the Gender Pay Gap shows that progress has been made on securing gender equality in the workplace overall.

To summarise the ASHE data:

  • The gender pay gap fell to 8.6% among full-time employees in 2018.
  • The GPG is 17.9% for all employees in 2018.
  • London has the highest full time employees GPG at 13.7% in 1998 the GPG in London was 15%.

It's good to see the gender pay gap moving in the right direction, but there is still a way to go before real equality is seen in the workplace. For example, there has been no change in the London GPG for two decades. As a city of innovation, the lack of evolution in regards to the gap is disheartening.This situation is not acceptable – and it’s damaging the economy.

Ann Francke, CMI’s chief executive

The CMI identifies the "glass pyramid" as one of the key issues – too many women at the bottom of organisations and too few at the top – and believes business must tackle the gender pay gap head-on to rectify this.

Pay reporting is a start, but businesses must also publish Action Plans showing how they will close their gender pay gaps.

We strongly believe that sponsorship and mentoring is key to establishing gender pay equality and urge businesses to include this in their Action Plans and to take advantage of our numerous resources designed to support sponsorship and mentoring initiatives in the workplace.

Ann Francke, CMI’s chief executive

CMI offers various resources, including Blueprint for Balance and CMI Women, to help businesses to boost equality and support the rise of female leaders. The powerful CMI Women network of male and female managers commissions research and lobbies employers and government to meet gender diversity targets. The Blueprint for Balance platform also gives tips on how to close the gender pay gap at their workplace through fixing the ‘broken windows’.

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