Under 39s ‘gender pay gap’ now insignificant

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the latest figures for the percentage difference between men's and women’s median hourly earnings.

The gender pay gap for full-time employees is close to zero for those aged between 18 and 39 years, and in addition, the gap has fallen to its lowest level for full-time workers of any age, falling to 8.6 per cent from 9.1 per cent in the previous year.

The ONS notes that for all employees, the gender pay gap widens after the age of 30 years, coinciding with an increase in working part-time from this age. A negative gender pay gap among part-time employees emerges in the age group 30 to 39 years before reversing by the age of 50 years.

Interestingly, the age groups 30 to 39 and 40 to 49 years have seen the most significant narrowing in the gender pay gap – and this could be seen as greater parity ‘working its way’ through the age ranges.

Full ONS report here.

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