As part of our exploration into the gender pay gap through our report, Procuring Inequality, we analysed the industry sectors and how their pay divide compared.
Concerningly, £133bn in contracts went to sectors with a pay bias to men of over 22%. These sectors were almost evenly split at £67bn for Architectural and Engineering and £66bn for Construction and Architectural and Engineering.
Business Services won contracts worth £94bn, but have an average pay gap of 13%.
The IT and Software categories saw earnings of £34bn and £21bn respectively, but have pay biases of 19% and 21%.
In fact, of the top 10 categories, which make £340bn by themselves, only one category had a bias to men of less than 10%. This was Health and Social Care, a sector where women can make up to 80% of the workforce. Despite this, in the companies contracted by government to meet the public sector needs, there is a 6% pay gap in favour of men.
Education and training, another sector with high levels of involvement by women, sees a pay gap of 10% in favour of men.
Research and consultancy has a pay gap of 17%.
Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done in closing the gender pay divide.
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