The BBC reports that the pay gap between men and women working at the Department for Education (DfE) is 5.9%, new figures reveal.
The figure was calculated by how much an individual is paid per hour, so takes account of part-time workers.
The DfE is the first government department to publish the difference between the pay of men and women.
Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening said her department was setting an example on promoting gender equality.
Ms Greening said: “I’m proud that the DfE has taken an important step in reporting its gender pay gap, setting an example to other employers as we build a stronger economy where success is defined by talent, not gender or circumstance.
“As one of the UK’s largest employers, the public sector has a vital role to play in leading the way to tackle the gender pay gap which is why the DfE’s step to publish our gender pay gap matters.”
The department says it has introduced a range of initiatives to support women in the workplace, such as supporting women returning to work, monitoring pay and helping women progress in their careers.
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