The gender pay gap has widened at nearly a third of government departments over the past 12 months, despite pledges to reduce the difference in earnings between male and female civil servants. In the midst of Brexit chaos, 18 government departments posted their gender pay gap results for 2018 on Wednesday, without issuing press releases or announcements. Under the rules, which came into force in April this year, five of the departments reported a larger gender pay gap, meaning the average difference in what they pay men and women increased in the 12 months to April 2018. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Development, Department for International Trade and HM Treasury all reported a growth in the median gap in what they pay men and women. The overall median gender pay gap for the civil service narrowed by 0.5 percentage points from 12.7% in 2017 to 12.2%. A government spokesperson said: “The overall civil service gender pay gap continues to narrow and we will continue to work hard to balance out wages at all levels of government.” Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society – which campaigns for… Read full this story
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