“Concerted effort is needed to close the Gender Pay Gap and reap the benefits of an equal Wales”
Wales Gender Pay Gap (GPG) has increased to 14.5%. This is a one per cent increase on the 2018 figure of 13.5%, but still remains below the UK average of 17.3%.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that in some local authorities, the gap between women and men’s earnings as wide as 25.6%. However, the picture is mixed across Wales and despite the overall increase, 13 out of Wales’ 22 local authorities have seen a reduction in their gender pay gap.
The gender pay gap measures the difference in earnings of women and men across a whole area, highlighting what level and positions women are working in, and how this affects their income. This can help to reveal where there are barriers women experience in recruitment, retention and progression in work.
Wales is losing out on women’s skills and potential, and the economic benefits of gender equality which our own research shows could add up to £13.6 billion to the Welsh economy.