Equal Pay: Government Departments

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th May 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what pay gaps there are in respect of gender, race and disability among employees of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The most recent data for the DWP are contained in the equal pay audit completed in 2008. Then:

the gender pay gap was 4.1 per cent;the ethnicity pay gap was 6.7 per cent; andthe disability gap was 4.3 per cent with disabled employees slightly more likely to be earning more than non-disabled colleagues in the same grade..

All these pay gaps, which are measured across all grades, have narrowed since the last audit was completed in 2003.


1) The 2008 equal pay audit used data from January 2008.

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