Over three-quarters of companies in the United Kingdom report gender pay gap

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But when FactCheck contacted them today, the government wouldn't comment on whether they have plans in place to tackle employers who pay men more than women.

The fines could also be levied on firms that have tried to massage their stats, either by publishing them in a deliberately misleading format or by publishing "statistically improbable" data (i.e. firms that report a gender pay gap of precisely zero).

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the pay gap was one of "the burning injustices which mar our society".

In practice, this would mean a statutory investigation process, she said. Three institutions have no gender pay gap: the Royal College of Art, the Royal Agricultural University and the Royal College of Music.

What happens to companies that don't publish? The April 4 deadline has now passed for firms with at least 250 employees in Britain to report wage disparities, and what's been published is a wave of embarrassing information.

South Kesteven District Council had the highest gender pay gap among Greater Lincolnshire authorities, government figures show. Try the calculator below.

The business said it was "proud of the progress" it was making on gender pay in a "historically male-dominated" industry, and said its median disparity figure was "substantially lower" than the United Kingdom average of 18.1%.

Some have criticised the exercise, which also applies to charities and public sector bodies, as a crude mechanism open to misinterpretation.

The announcement is a legal requirement and has seen several big music companies - including the majors and Live Nation - opening up their executive pay structure to closer scrutiny. In contrast, the technology and education industries have the lowest controlled pay gap at 0.8 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.

Yet despite the sizeable pay gaps reported across a number of sectors, many business leaders deny the existence of a pay gap within their own organisations, according to new research.

Ticketmaster fared just as poorly with female employees earning on average 35 percent less an hour than male staff and women making up just 21 percent of its top earning executives.

The problem is, it's the senior staff at such companies that are most likely to see gender pay disparity. Try asking our bot below.

Bonhams is the worst offender with a 36.7% pay gap, Christie's pays women 25% less than male colleagues and the difference at Sotheby's stands at 22.2%.

It's worth noting that the oil and gas industry has the largest controlled pay gap - defined in the PayScale study as the cents on the dollar women earn versus men once variables such as experience, industry and job level are accounted for - at 7.4%, followed by transportation and warehousing at 4.9%.

"We have a clear policy of paying the same salary to employees doing the same or equivalent roles, whether they are a man or a woman, and when it comes to recruitment we're only interested in employing the best person for the job, regardless of their gender". Further findings from the report show that across all four quartiles in B&Q men have a higher representation, with the highest paid positions in the company are largely taken by men, showing only 38.3% of them to be female.

Finance is not known for being particularly friendly to work-life balance, and that, too, affects women disproportionately.

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