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Equality Minister Puts Whitehall Gender Pay Gap at 5%

Magazine article Public Finance

Equality Minister Puts Whitehall Gender Pay Gap at 5%

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Newly promoted women and equalities minister Meg Munn has claimed the civil service's gender pay gap could be as low as 5%, rather than the 25% reported by many Whitehall experts.

Munn told the Commons that Whitehall's gender pay gap was far lower than some groups have reported once accurate comparisons of civil service responsibilities are taken Into account.

Organisations such as the FDA and Public and Commercial Services unions have said the gap is as high as 25%. But recent analysis by the Cabinet Office suggests that this reflects the fact that at least 50% more women than men work in lower-grade civil service jobs.

Responding to a parliamentary question last week, Munn said: 'The median gender pay gap in the civil service is 25%, but [it] does not compare work of equal value. When the gender gap is compared by responsibility level, the pay gap is around 5%.'

Munn was promoted in Tony Blair's reshuffle last week from unpaid minister for women at the Department of Trade and Industry to a new salaried post at the Department for Communities and Local Government. …

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