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Equal Pay

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The HSE does not recognise the figures provided in the article. The latest pay comparisons based on average salaries following the implementation of the October 2008 pay award are provided below.

Pay rangeFemaleMalePay Difference (a)

Band 1 (Grade 6)

£57,741

£57,961

99.62%

Band 2 (Grade 7)

£46,206

£48,526

95.22%

Band 3 (SEO)

£35,604

£36,205

98.34%

Band 4 (HEO)

£28,033

£28,229

99.30%

Band 5 (EO)

£23,182

£22,610

102.53%

Band 6 (AA/AO)

£17,672

£17,402

101.55%

(a) Female salaries as a percentage of male salaries.

The figures provided are those for standard pay earners for which a direct comparison can be made. The pay gaps are generally small.

Equal Pay: Government Departments

Questions

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): Details of gender are available from Civil Service Statistics (Table 27) on the following website at www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/ CivilService_tables_2008.xls.

It should be noted that these gaps are caused by the varying gender distribution within the grades in the Department for Transport.

For race and disability please see the tables below, which includes figures for staff who have made a race or disability declaration. This does not include those who have not.



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RaceAverage Salary
WhiteNon-WhitePay GapPercentage Difference

DfT(C)

£40,464

£32,761

-£7,703

23.51

VCA

£25,087

£26,651

£1,564

-5.87

DVLA

£18,913

£19,609

£695

-3.55

VOSA

£22,169

£22,091

-£78

0.35

MCA

£25,515

£35,276

£9,761

-27.67

DSA

£23,845

£22,609

-£1,236

5.47

HA

£26,623

£27,347

£724

-2.65

GCDA

£32,445

£29,617

-£2,828

9.55

SCS

£83,199

£101,399

£18,199

-17.95

Disability Average Salary
DisabledNot DisabledPay GapPercentage Difference

DfT(C)

£33,657

£39,456

£5,799

-14.70

VCA

£24,472

£30,420

£5,948

-19.55

DVLA

£16,836

£16,742

-£94

0.56

VOSA

£22,787

£22,345

-£442

1.98

MCA

£26,460

£26,526

£66

-0.25

DSA

£24,445

£23,372

-£1,073

4.59

HA

£27,430

£26,111

-£1,319

5.05

GCDA

£26,763

£27,343

£580

-2.12

SCS

£73,406

£83,149

£9,743

-11.72

The overall pay gap figure is not relevant in the context of equal pay legislation as it does not compare like-for-like work.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): 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.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): I would like to refer the noble Baroness to the tables on gender pay gaps as set out in the Civil Service Statistics, Table 27, which is provided at the following link at www. statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/CivilService_tables_200 8.xls.



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Information on ethnicity and disability in the Civil Service can also be found at the above link in Table 25, median earnings by ethnicity, and Table 26, median earnings by disability.

The information requested in respect of race and disability in the Ministry of Defence is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): Information on pay in respect of gender in the department is available from the Civil Service Statistics tables (Table 27) at www. statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/CivilService_tables_2008.xls.

Information on pay in respect of race and disability among employees in the department is not available in the form requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Information on earnings under race and disability in the Civil Service can be viewed in Tables 25 (median earnings by ethnicity) and 26 (median earnings by disability) in Civil Service Statistics.

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): Pay gaps by gender for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are published in the Civil Service Statistics, and are set out below.

Department for Culture, Media and SportMedian EarningsMean Earnings

Male

Female

% Diff

Male

Female

% Diff

32,130

27,600

14.1

37,640

30,920

17.9

The equal pay audit conducted by the department in 2007 found that determining pay gaps by ethnicity and disability was limited due to the small sample sizes available for both groups, and no firm findings could be inferred.

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill


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