Construction gender pay gap exposed
Construction & building trades supervisors have the highest gender pay gap in favour of men, with men paid 45.4% more than women. In no other industry is there such a gulf in wages.
In all construction and building trades, women are paid 23.3% less than men.
Female construction operatives are paid 15.3% less than male construction operatives.
Among the professional classes it is a different picture. Female construction project managers are only 3.2% below their male colleagues, while female civil engineers are actually paid 2.8% more than male civil engineers.
Architects, by comparison, are made to look positively Neanderthal, paying their women 9.0% less than their men.
Only chartered surveyors, it seems, manage to get close to equality, with a pay gender gap of just 0.9% in favour of men.
The statistics are revealed in an online tool created by the government and the Office for National Statistics (visual.ons.gov.uk/find-out-the-gender-pay-gap-for-your-job/). Its arrival coincides with a new requirement for any company with 250+ employees to report their gender pay and gender bonus pay gaps from April 2017. The regulations, which will affect almost 8,000 employers with around 11 million employees, will shine a light on workplace practices that could be preventing women from reaching the top in their organisations.