Ryanair's gender pay gap is worst

Deadline day: Latecomers to gender pay gap in reporting scramble to meet today's deadline

Deadline day: Latecomers to gender pay gap in reporting scramble to meet today's deadline

The Press Association understands that firms who publish their data late, but before April 9, will not face any enforcement action but will be kept on record.

The start of the week has been an urgent one for British businesses.

At the time of writing, there are a number of companies that don't appear to have yet filed their gender pay gap reports including Rockstar North and Ubisoft, which both have large offices based in the UK.

Apple pays female employees up to 26% less than men in some parts of its United Kingdom and European operations, according to the company's gender pay gap report.

Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water's chief executive, said: "Although our gender pay gap figures are significantly below the national average, we are in no way complacent with our current levels of gender diversity".

Ryanair was among the big names with high gaps, registering a median hourly rate for women 71.8 percent lower than men's. According to BT's main public company listing, women are paid 2.3% more in terms of median hourly rate.

Not to be confused with equal pay, which has been enforced by law since 1970, gender pay gaps show the difference between the total hourly pay of men and women in an organisation.

"Finally women are realising that they have a right to talk about pay and they can not be silenced", he said.

"It is essential that we [tackle the gap]", she writes.

However, a closer look at the data reveals a different picture.

The reported figures don't provide a like-for-like comparison, and men and women are paid the same in similar roles at Blackstone, the firm said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.

"We're proud that many women at HP UK hold positions of significant influence and impact". The difference, known as the gender pay gap, is created by an imbalance in representation - specifically, a higher proportion of men in senior roles.

Barts Health NHS Trust reported a pay gap of 20.2pc.

In a statement, the company's vice president for people, Deirdre O'Brien, said: "This year, a new law in the United Kingdom requires us to publish the average total pay received by men relative to that received by women".

A spokesman for its parent company Verizon said: "There is progress to be made in increasing the representation of women into higher-paying jobs in the United Kingdom at Verizon and Oath". The bonus gap was 30.4% (median) and 49.2% (mean).

And she applauded efforts by TSB to help women return to the workplace after taking time out for children or other care duties. In finance, women are paid 40 per cent less than men because of these career gaps they have to take.

"Helping to make the most of women's talent is in their own commercial interest, and it is in our national interest too", she said.

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