Do Government Buyers Perform Better In Gender Parity?

Do Government Buyers Perform Better In Gender Parity?

April 29, 2021
Procurement

Part of our report Procuring Inequality, includes a gender pay gap comparison between Government departments and significant suppliers to government.

Our analysis of ministerial departments shows a significant bias in favour of men (9.85%). The bias is better than the national average for all organisations reporting a pay gap (11.47%). Clearly performing better than the national average is to be applauded, however, there are still some departments performing way below the national average that should be addressed. Eight of the nineteen departments that report are performing above this national average, and the Department for Transport maintains a gender pay gap (20%) that is more than double the average for the departments as a whole.

COMPARING THE UK’S MINISTERIAL DEPARTMENTS

Only three departments have a pay gap bias of less than 5% in favour of men and only Her Majesty’s Treasury has a gender pay bias in favour of women.

Questions also remain about whether the government is willing to examine its performance, and the performance of its suppliers, and to expect better results.

In order to establish a consistent pay gap for each ministerial department, we took the latest pay gap reports for each available ministerial department and the reports published by non-departmental bodies governed by that department. Smaller organisations such as Number 10 Downing Street and The Northern Ireland Office do not meet the threshold of more than 250 employees and so don’t report.

Get in touch, to talk to us further about our gender pay gap report, or how to use our procurement data for your own research needs.

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