"Female apprentices face a gender pay gap of 5.4 per cent" reports the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
They also found that the median basic hourly pay for a male apprentice in 2018 was £7.90, compared to £7.47 for a female apprentice – a pay gap that had almost doubled since 2016.
At times this is caused by employers unaware of the rules around salary after the first year of employment.
More frequently this is a result of women entering different professions that, in many cases, are due to gender stereotyping and choices made in school.
Employers. If you are not achieving equal gender balances in your early careers pipelines you can
A) Change your recruitment strategy to reach females
B) Run work experience progammes for female school students
C) Deliver parent and teach information campaigns to inform and support them with career conversations
D) ALL THE ABOVE!!!!!
Experts say ‘depressing’ disparity partly caused by more men studying better-paid subjects, but ‘employer ignorance’ is also a factor