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Almost eight out of 10 companies and public sector institutions operating in Britain pay men more than women, a government report has shown. The figures confirmed earlier surveys on widespread workplace pay inequality.
British Prime Minister Theresa May introduced legislation last year to force employers with more than 250 staff to submit their gender pay gap details to the Government Equalities Office.
It published the results of its survey on Thursday, summing up the data provided by over 10,000 businesses which had complied with a Wednesday deadline.
The office said 78 percent of commercial businesses and public sector organizations paid male staff more than female colleagues.
Some 8 percent of respondents were found to have no gender pay gap, while the remaining 14 percent paid women more than men.
Ryanair's UK operations in the crosshairs
The data set revealed that local newspaper group North Wales News Media fared the worst, with 85.2 percent of men paid more than women.
Ireland's Ryanair with its UK operations was also among those with the biggest pay gaps. The airline claimed its data had been affected by the "relatively low numbers" of female pilots in the aviation industry.
Ryanair has a total of 554 UK pilots of which 546 are men and eight are women. "In recent years, the number of female pilots applying to Ryanair has increased and we are committed to developing this welcome trend," the carrier said in a statement.
Britain's banks had revealed earlier that their female workers' salaries lagged far behind those of their male colleagues. Men employed in London's City earn significantly more per hour than women, excluding bonuses.
The difference is even wider among institutions that are focused on investment banking.
hg/sri (AFP, Reuters)