Millwall football club pay men 80% more than women. While female staff at Ryanair take home 72% less than their male colleagues. And in the UK, on average, men earn 18% more than women*.

The gender pay gap is the difference between men and women’s average earnings.

How does the gender pay gap happen?

Discrimination and bias in hiring and pay decisions plays a large part. Men tend to take up the majority of more senior roles. Women’s time out to have and care for children impacts their career progression. Plus women are still more likely to work in lower-paid and lower-skilled jobs – 62% of those earning less than the living wage are female, according to the Living Wage Foundation.

UK organisations with 250 or more employees are now legally obliged to publish their gender pay gap data by 4 April, or 30 March for the public sector. This means that we will know how unequal our workplaces are and UNISON are launching a nationwide campaign to #BridgeTheGap.

UNISON represent over one million women, making us the largest women’s organisation in the UK. We will publish detailed guidance to enable our network of workplace reps to work with employers to end this inequality. Watch UNISON’s assistant general secretary Christina McAnea discuss why this is such an important campaign for UNISON:

Share the graphics below in the run-up to April to encourage people to discuss the gap – and to get them behind bridging it.

*According to Office for National Statistics published in April 2017.


Blog: It’s time to Bridge the Gap

It will take all of us who care about equality and fairness playing our part to overturn these structural inequalities in our society. Yet the work our union and others have done already shows we can achieve real change.

Gender pay gap still a problem, delegates hear

Local government conference debates measures to tackle the issue, as the pay gap and the glass ceiling still exist

♡ UNISON: because we fight for equal pay

‘Work with us, in partnership with employers rather than as adversaries, to close the gender pay gap’

The issue

So, why isn’t it the same as equal pay?

The gender pay gap should not be confused with equal pay – paying men and women the same for doing the same job has been a legal requirement since the 1970 Equal Pay Act. Unfortunately not all employers comply and many instances of people being paid unequally for equivalent work still occurs in the UK – and this can contribute to certain organisations gender pay gap. However it is not the same as it.


How does the public sector stand up?

It varies. But in more than 60% of councils and 9 out of 10 NHS Trusts, male staff are paid more than women. 4 NHS Trusts and 15 councils pay men more than 20% more than female staff. One University pays male staff nearly 40% more than female staff.

Find out how your employer stacks up here