The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has launched a new online tool that allows you to compare the average earnings for men and women across a wide range of jobs with some interesting results. There’s good news for female probation officers who earn on average 25% more than their male counterparts. However, female Chief Executives fare less well with their pay being on average 29% less than their male equivalents.

The ONS hopes this tool will empower individuals to challenge any gap they may identify. It does come with a warning however, as the data does not show differences in rates of pay for comparable jobs but rather average earnings across occupations.  

This new tool was developed in conjunction with the Government Equalities Office and, perhaps unsurprisingly, has been launched in the same week the Government published the final form of the Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations (the Regulations) which will govern gender pay gap reporting. 

As previously reported, large organisations employing 250 or more employees will be obliged to publish gender pay gap reports from April 2018. The Regulations have made it clear that employers will be obliged to report on both employees and workers, albeit they will be excused from reporting on workers who are not in their normal payroll systems. 

The Regulations will also allow employers to exclude employees who are absent on leave at the time the data is collected e.g. sick leave, maternity leave etc. This should hopefully prevent an employer’s pay gap appearing to be greater by virtue of a number of women being absent on maternity leave and receiving reduced pay.