New government tool lets people check what the gender pay gap is like in their industry

 
Rebecca Smith
Justine Greening said the tool
Justine Greening said the tool "will empower both men and women" (Source: Getty)

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The government has created a tool for the public to check out what the gender pay gap - the average earnings between men and women - is in their own profession.

Justine Greening, minister for women and equalities, unveiled the online tool created by the government and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which shows those in the construction and building trades, and financial managers and directors as having the biggest gender pay gaps.

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"This tool will empower both men and women to challenge this issue in their profession and help people to make more informed decisions about their career," Greening said.

The government has released details on how large employers will have to report gender pay and bonus pay gaps from next April. Parliament will now debate the regulations as they have been publicly consulted on.

It'll affect around 8,000 employers with about 11m employees.

Greening said:

Employers must play their part in this too and take action to tackle the gender pay gap in their organisation. That’s why we are requiring large employers to publish their gender pay and gender bonus pay gaps for the first time ever and our regulations mean they can start getting ready to report from April next year.

There are various reasons for the gender pay gap; the government's own research found a higher proportion of women chose occupations offering less financial reward like administration, while many high paying sectors are disproportionately made up of male workers.

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Check out the gender pay gap at your work here: