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Education: Equal Pay

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the level of gender-based pay inequality in the education sector in each year since 2010.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) data provides the pay gap in the UK between male and female teaching and education professionals. Gender pay gap tables are available at: www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/datasets/regionbyoccupation2digitsocashetable3).

The latest ONS ASHE 2018 provisional data shows that the median pay gap in the UK between male and female teaching and education professionals is 6.1%. ‘Teaching and education professionals’ includes teaching staff across Early Years, Schools, Further Education and Higher Education. Approximately two thirds of ‘teaching and education professionals’ are in schools. In schools, the National Foundation for Educational Research’s 2017 evaluation of the teacher pay reforms found no evidence to indicate that females were disadvantaged by the current pay system.

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