In 2012 the pay gap officially dropped below 10% for full-time workers. As of April 2018, the aggregate gender pay gap declined to 8.6%, and was even reversed in certain categories. The gap varies considerably from −4.4% (women employed part-time without overtime out earn men) to 26% (for UK women employed full-time aged 50 – 59). The median pay is 17.9% less for employed women than for employed men.

The gender pay gap is not the same as unequal pay.

Unequal pay is giving women less than men for the same work. That has been against the law since the Equal Pay Act was introduced in 1970.

A company's gender pay gap can also be caused by other things - for example, fewer women in senior or highly-paid roles or more women in part-time jobs.

Just 14% of the firms that reported had a pay gap in favour of women. Nearly eight in 10 firms, 78%, have a pay gap in favour of men, while 8% of companies reported no pay gap at all.

The BBC have a tool which you can use to look up certain companies’ gender pay gap figures.

For help in understanding the gender pay gap and how to close it, click here.

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