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Cornwall's gender pay gap is revealed

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:30am 19th April 2019.

The gender pay gap in Cornwall has been revealed.

According to new figures, women in the Duchy effectively went without pay for more than four months last year.

Recently, all companies with 250 or more staff were required to report their gender pay figures, with more than three-quarters of companies nationally showing a gap in pay favouring male employees.

In Cornwall, Office of National Statistics figures show that women in work earned an average annual salary of £15,437 in 2018 – 36% lower than the average man’s salary of £24,194.

It means that, in effect, women in Cornwall worked for free from Aug-21 last year.

"Big employers clearly aren't doing enough to tackle the root causes of pay inequality and working women are paying the price.

"Government needs to crank up the pressure. Companies shouldn't just be made to publish their gender pay gaps, they should be legally required to explain how they'll close them, and bosses who flout the law should be fined."

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

The average pay figures are calculated using a median, rather than mean, average, to stop them being skewed by particularly small or large pay packets.

The difference in pay can partly be explained by the number of women in part-time work.

An estimated 40,000 women in Cornwall were in part-time work last year, around 51% of the female workforce.

Of the 85,000 working men, 14,000 (16%) were in part-time work.

Despite that, the difference in pay was still evident in full-time roles: men in Cornwall earned an average of £26,446 last year, and women £22,370 – 15% less.

"Many of the causes lie outside the workplace including a lack of affordable, high-quality childcare and better careers advice.

"Companies and the Government working together remains the best way to deliver the long-term, lasting change that's needed."

"Actions to tackle the gender pay gap are good for business. That's why we have produced support to help employers close their gaps.

Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI

Across the UK, the average gender pay gap was 36% across all roles and 18% for full-time.

The recent deadline for large companies to report their gender pay gap saw some high-profile companies demonstrate large gaps, including the airline Ryanair (64.4%), the health provider Intrahealth (57.4%) and Sheffield United football club (48.2%).

"We recognise that in order to close the gap entirely we still need a much wider cultural change, that is why we have introduced a range of initiatives to tackle the drivers of the gap, including shared parental leave and spending around £6 billion on childcare support."

Minister for women and equalities, Penny Mordaunt

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