Pay gap means women in education ‘work free 95 days a year’

Education has one of the worst gender pay gaps within the labour market, with female employees effectively working 95 days for free compared to men, the TUC has said. Tes reports.

According to an analysis published by the union group, education has the third worse gender pay gap of 16 different sectors measured.

Analysing the median hourly pay – excluding overtime – for male and female employees based on data from the Office for National Statistics, the TUC found female education workers earned 25.9 per cent less than men. 

The TUC has published the analysis today because it is “Women’s Pay Day” – the day when the average woman starts getting paid compared to the average man.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The UK still has one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe. Women effectively work for free for two months of the year – and, at current rates of progress, it’ll take another 60 years for this gap to close.

“Making employers publish information on their gender pay gaps is a start but it’s nowhere near enough.  Employers must be legally required to explain how they’ll tackle pay inequality at their workplaces and advertise jobs on a more flexible basis.”

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