Wednesday 16 December 2020 / 11:25 AM Equalities / Marsha de Cordova

Equalities Minister’s own department goes backwards on equal pay

Data snuck out by the Government’s Minister for Women and Equalities shows that she has presided over a stark increase in the gender pay gap in her own department.

During Liz Truss’s first full year in charge at the Department for International Trade, the average gap between the bonus paid to male employees and the bonus paid to female employees has shot up from 2.5% to 7.3% between 2019 and 2020.

According to the figures published last night, the overall gap between male and female wages has also increased from 5.5% to 6.5% on a mean measure, and from 12.5% to 15.9% on a median measure, both the highest levels since the DIT was created in 2016.

Marsha de Cordova MP, Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary said:

“It raises serious questions about the Government’s commitment to closing the gender pay gap when the department run by the Minister for Women and Equalities is so clearly going backwards when it comes to average pay and bonuses.

“She also suspended gender pay gap reporting earlier this year and has yet to give any indication of when it will restart.”