2012 Salary Survey: Women paid at least £5k less than men

The first ever salary survey on SalaryBot.co.uk has been completed, highlighting that men are almost statistically certain to typically earn between £4,907 and £7,491 more than women annually. The survey collected salary data from 4,578 participants between July and September 2012. Dr David Fishwick, head of maths at Bradford Grammar School, executed the analysis of the survey data.

The results showed that the median salary was £29,120 for men and £24,000 for women. Whilst the Office for National Statistics found that the pay gap had been reduced to less than a 10% difference in their 2011 annual survey, the results of the new survey by SalaryBot.co.uk demonstrate that gender pay equality is still an important issue.

The problem of workplace gender inequality is recognised by the EU, which plans to enforce gender quotas in a bid to increase the number of women on boards of businesses. The proposals, however, face strong opposition from Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Bar chart of phase one survey participants

Dr Fishwick commented on the results of the survey. “The survey found that with almost statistical certainty (99.5%), men typically earn between £4,907 and £7,491 more than women. Although males are generally better paid, they also have a wider range in salary. There is less variety in women’s salaries.”

“It is interesting to get the information on the greater dispersion of male earnings among full-time workers, a point that is never revealed clearly by the government’s annual ASHE results on the pay gap. It is well-established that women work in a narrower range of jobs than men. Now we know that their earnings are also heavily clustered around the average, whereas male workers include lots of high-earners and also lots of low-earners.” said Dr Catherine Hakim, a Visiting Professor at the WZB research institute in Berlin.

To view more details about the survey and how it was analysed, please visit http://salarybot.co.uk/2012-salary-survey/.