Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

Inequality

The UK gender Pay gap 1998-2013: What is the role of the public sector?

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey is used to compare gender wage gap in the public and private sectors between 1998 and 2013 and to identify the contribution of the sectoral employment allocation to the overall gender pay gap. The study covers a period of employment growth and deep recession and relative public sector growth followed by austerity. There are good reasons to expect that the gender pay gap is lower in the public sector and indeed this is what we observe. It is the intra-sector gender pay gaps which drive the overall gender pay gap and not the sector allocation and trends are similar in each sector. Following a long-term narrowing of the gender pay gap in both sectors, predominately reflecting relative improvements in women’s productivity-related characteristics, in 2010 this narrowing stalls in each sector and overall.

 

Outputs

Jones, M., Makepeace, G. and Wass,V. (2014) ‘Gender and disability disadvantage in the public sector 1998-2013’, Gender Work and Organisation Conference, Keele University, June 2014.

Jones, M., Makepeace, G. and Wass, V. (2014) ‘Gender and disability disadvantage in the public sector 1998-2012', Gender Work and Organisation, Keele University, June 2014.

Jones, M., Makepeace, G. and Wass, V. (2014) ‘The Gender Pay Gap 1998-2013: What is the role of the public sector?’, Work Pensions and Employment Group Annual Conference, Sheffield University, July 2014.

Further Information

For more information on this project please contact Professor Melanie Jones, Sheffield University Management School, University of Sheffield (Email: m.k.jones@sheffield.ac.uk)