London has the biggest gender pay gap among UK cities

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by Mark Johnson

London has the UK’s biggest gender pay gap, with women earning around 30% less than men, according to new research by merchant payments provider, Paymentsense. 

The 30.40% pay gap found in the UK capital is miles away from the second-worst offender, Birmingham at 17.80%. Leeds is third with 16.30%, followed closely by Liverpool at 15.60%.  

Pay imbalance

In monetary terms, women in London will be paid on average £8,303 less than men, the company said, adding that, on average, women will work 71 days for free in London in 2019.

Pay gap: London still has biggest imbalance despite widespread coverage of issue

“The lack of transparency around pay means that many women do not know their worth and don’t ask for more as a result”, said Lauren Ahluwalia, digital marketing manager and Facebook SheMeansBusiness trainer.

“There’s a general embarrassment around pay and sharing what you earn with others, but this encourages the taboo even more.”

“In the end it’s the corporations that gain from the secrecy around pay by paying women less. 

“But when pay is such a motivating factor for employees, companies could also gain higher productivity when levelling out the pay gap and valuing women’s work”.

Despite the hefty amount of press column inches, the gender pay gap has earned over the last few years, very little has changed and we still have a long way to come in terms of progress.

Paymentsense compiled the data by analysing data from the Office for National Statistics to determine which areas, age groups and job roles have the largest gender pay gap.

PR pays well

Paymentsense also noted that the best jobs for women to have equal pay are PR professional, Fitness Instructor and career advisor.

The data used in the campaign is the mean of the gender pay gap in the UK. 

The average UK Salary based on most up to date 2018 ONS data is £27,312, the company noted.