As the UK workforce becomes increasingly diverse, data shows that there are huge disparities in gross earnings between ethnic groups.
In the UK, the ethnicity pay gap (EPG) describes the difference in median hourly earnings between White British employees and other ethnic groups.
It’s important to note that a pay gap is not the same as pay equality:
- Pay gap: the percentage difference in median average hourly earnings between the reference group (in the UK, this is usually White British employees) and another ethnic group.
- Equal pay: the pay difference between workers in roles that are substantially equal.
The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) are from 2019. They compare the wages of 17 ethnic groups. The EPG across all surveyed ethnicities was 2.3%, down from 5.1% in 2012.
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