Equal Pay

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) women and (b) men are employed in the Department; what the average pay was for (i) women and (ii) men in the Department in (1) 1997 and (2) 2006; what women's average pay is as a percentage of men's average pay; and how many (A) women and (B) men the Department employed in each of the last five years, broken down by grade.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Foreign Secretary

The following table shows the number of (a) men and (b) women currently employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), average pay for (i) men and (ii) women in 2006, current women's pay as a percentage of men's and the numbers of (A) men and (B) women by grade for each of the last five years - except 2004.

The staff numbers are for FCO UK based civil servants and represent full time equivalent staff. The gender breakdown and average pay by gender for 1997 are not available. The numbers in grade by gender are not available for 2004.

Due to restructuring of the senior management structure (SMS) in 2001 and 2002 it is not possible to provide figures for these years which equate to the current four SMS paybands.

April 2006
Grade Number of women employed by the FCO Number of men employed by the FCO Average pay women (£) (and as a percentage of men's pay) Average pay men (£)
SMS4 0 11 0 (0) 142,448
SMS3 2 19 109,154 (105.9) 103,116
SMS2 9 109 81,721 (98.6) 82,847
SMS1 60 223 64,021 (100.8) 63,506
D7 56 175 50,555 (100.1) 50,512
D6 249 517 40,457 (95.6) 42,311
C5 168 466 31,327 (93.3) 33,579
C4 474 813 26,395 (98.7) 26,750
B3 787 727 21,076 (100.6) 20,947
A2 641 442 18,102 (103.9) 17,418
Al 67 102 16,387 (114.2) 14,352
Total 2,513 3,604 25,511 (83.4) 30,597
April 2005
Grade Number of women employed by the FCO Number of men employed by the FCO
SMS4 0 12
SMS3 3 18
SMS2 7 116
SMS1 59 248
D7 49 168
D6 238 501
C5 162 484
C4 468 816
B3 716 700
A2 695 447
Al 101 137
Total 2,498 3,647
October 2003
Grade Number of women employed by the FCO Number of men employed by the FCO
SMS4 0 12
SMS3 1 15
SMS2 11 125
SMS1 51 257
D7 40 153
D6 188 507
C5 126 438
C4 449 799
B3 644 668
A2 719 450
Al 156 181
Total 2,385 3,605
December 2002
Grade Number of women employed by the FCO Number of men employed by the FCO
SMS 55 414
D7 41 138
D6 165 494
C5 113 427
C4 441 814
B3 642 645
A2 714 440
Al 158 183
Total 2,329 3,555
January 2001
Grade Number of women employed by the FCO Number of men employed by the FCO
SMS 38 407
D7 39 87
D6 127 474
C5 77 405
C4 350 803
B3 608 651
A2 655 387
Al 155 173
Total 2,049 3,387

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