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Equal Pay

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) women and (b) men are employed in the Department; what the average pay was for (i) women and (ii) men in the Department in (A) 1997 and (B) 2006; what women’s average pay is as a percentage of men’s average pay; and how many (1) women and (2) men the Department employed in each of the last five years, broken down by grade. (67780)

The Cabinet Office collects and publishes annually statistical information on the civil service by Department. This includes data on the employment of men and women. Information on the numbers of women and men employed in the civil service broken down at 31 December 2005 is available in the Libraries of the House and on the civil service website at:

www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/employment/index.asp

It should be borne in mind that the figures for DTI published by Cabinet Office include additional staff such as those employed in Executive agencies.

The Department of Trade and Industry (including UK Trade and Investment and Small Business Service, but excluding Executive agencies) employs (a) 1,682 women (1,596.3 full-time equivalent) and (b) 2,176 men (2,165.3 full-time equivalent) at 9 November 2005.

DTI measures equal pay for those not in the senior civil service as part of a regular and ongoing equal pay review programme. Equal pay is measured for the senior civil service by the Cabinet Office.

The average pay was for (i) women and (ii) men in the Department in (A) 2000-01 and (B) 2005-06 and what women’s average pay is as a percentage of men’s average pay are shown in the following table.

2000-01 is the earliest period for which an accurate comparison can be provided.

2005-06

2000-01

Women

25,740

20,011

Men

29,070

24,968

Women’s pay as percentage of men’s

88.5

80.2

The number of (1) women and (2) men the Department employed in three of the last five years, broken down by grade, is shown in the following table. Data for 2001, 2003 and 2005 are readily available having previously been used for other purposes. Data for 2002 and 2004 can be provided, but at disproportionate cost.

Permanent staff by responsibility level and gender: 2001, 2003 and 2005—Department of Trade and Industry (core staff including UKTI and SBS)

Headcount: Full-time staff

Responsibility level1

Male

Female

Total

Percentage female staff

1 February 2001

All non-industrial staff

2,374

1,537

3,911

39.3

SCS level

134

39

173

22.5

All staff below SCS level

2,240

1,498

3,738

40.1

Grades 6/7

543

184

727

25.3

SEO/HEO level

856

354

1,210

29.3

EO level

409

349

758

46.0

AO/AA level

432

611

1,043

58.6

3 April 2003

All non-industrial staff

2,446

1,717

4,163

41.2

SCS level

156

73

229

31.9

All staff below SCS level

2,290

1,644

3,934

41.8

Grades 6/7

548

245

793

30.9

SEO/HEO level

951

435

1,386

31.4

EO level

390

385

775

49.7

AO/AA level

401

579

980

59.1

Unknown

13

6

19

31.6

10 November 2005

All non-industrial staff

2,140

1,414

3,554

39.8

SCS level

136

46

182

25.3

All staff below SCS level

2,004

1,368

3,372

40.6

Grades 6/7

592

268

860

31.2

SEO/HEO level

844

441

1,285

34.3

EO level

307

307

614

50.0

AO/AA level

261

352

613

57.4

Headcount: Part-time staff

Responsibility level1

Male

Female

Total

Percentage female staff

1 February 2001

All non-industrial staff

33

246

279

88.2

SCS level

4

14

18

77.8

All staff below SCS level

29

232

261

88.9

Grades 6/7

4

51

55

92.7

SEO/HEO level

8

48

56

85.7

EO level

12

32

44

72.7

AO/AA level

5

101

106

95.3

3 April 2003

All non-industrial staff

46

301

347

86.7

SCS level

All staff below SCS level

46

301

347

86.7

Grades 6/7

14

63

77

81.8

SEO/HEO level

12

62

74

83.8

EO level

10

60

70

85.7

AO/AA level

10

116

126

92.1

Unknown

1

1

100.0

10 November 2005

All non-industrial staff

36

268

304

88.2

SCS level

4

11

15

73.3

All staff below SCS level

32

257

289

88.9

Grades 6/7

10

68

78

87.2

SEO/HEO level

12

62

74

83.8

EO level

6

38

44

86.4

AO/AA level

4

89

93

95.7

Full-time equivalent2

Responsibility level1

Male

Female

Total

Percentage female staff

1February 2001

All non-industrial staff

2,395.8

1,702.5

4,098.3

41.5

SCS level

137.2

49.4

186.7

26.5

All staff below SCS level

2,258.6

1,653.1

3,911.6

42.3

Grades 6/7

545.9

219.8

765.7

28.7

SEO/HEO level

861.3

386.6

1,247.8

31.0

EO level

415.5

370.7

786.2

47.2

AO/AA level

435.9

676.0

1,111.9

60.8

3 April 2003

All non-industrial staff

2,553.7

1,929.2

4,482.9

43.0

SCS level

156.6

69.8

226.4

30.8

All staff below SCS level

2,397.1

1,859.4

4,245.4

43.7

Grades 6/7

630.3

302.0

932.2

32.4

SEO/HEO level

962.9

476.8

1,439.7

33.1

EO level

395.7

426.6

822.3

51.9

AO/AA level

408.3

653.9

1,062.2

61.6

Unknown

13.0

6.7

19.7

34.0

10 November 2005

All non-industrial staff

2,165.3

1,596.3

3,761.6

42.4

SCS level

138.8

53.5

192.3

27.8

All staff below SCS level

2,026.5

1,542.8

3,569.2

43.2

Grades 6/7

599.6

316.2

915.8

34.5

SEO/HEO level

852.8

485.0

1,377.7

36.3

EO level

310.2

334.0

644.2

51.8

AO/AA level

263.8

407.7

671.5

60.7

1 This table shows staff in their substantive responsibility level, and therefore ignores the effect of temporary promotions. 2 Part-time staff are recorded according to the proportion of full-time hours worked.