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Equal Pay

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 (1) 1997 and (2) 2006; what women's average pay is as a percentage of men's average pay; and how many (A) women and (B) men the Department employed in each of the last five years, broken down by grade. (67786)

The following table shows the number of (a) men and (b) women currently employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), average pay for (i) men and (ii) women in 2006, current women's pay as a percentage of men's and the numbers of (A) men and (B) women by grade for each of the last five years - except 2004.

The staff numbers are for FCO UK based civil servants and represent full time equivalent staff. The gender breakdown and average pay by gender for 1997 are not available. The numbers in grade by gender are not available for 2004.

Due to restructuring of the senior management structure (SMS) in 2001 and 2002 it is not possible to provide figures for these years which equate to the current four SMS paybands.

April 2006

Grade

Number of women employed by the FCO

Number of men employed by the FCO

Average pay women (£) (and as a percentage of men's pay)

Average pay men (£)

SMS4

0

11

0 (0)

142,448

SMS3

2

19

109,154 (105.9)

103,116

SMS2

9

109

81,721 (98.6)

82,847

SMS1

60

223

64,021 (100.8)

63,506

D7

56

175

50,555 (100.1)

50,512

D6

249

517

40,457 (95.6)

42,311

C5

168

466

31,327 (93.3)

33,579

C4

474

813

26,395 (98.7)

26,750

B3

787

727

21,076 (100.6)

20,947

A2

641

442

18,102 (103.9)

17,418

Al

67

102

16,387 (114.2)

14,352

Total

2,513

3,604

25,511 (83.4)

30,597

April 2005

Grade

Number of women employed by the FCO

Number of men employed by the FCO

SMS4

0

12

SMS3

3

18

SMS2

7

116

SMS1

59

248

D7

49

168

D6

238

501

C5

162

484

C4

468

816

B3

716

700

A2

695

447

Al

101

137

Total

2,498

3,647

October 2003

Grade

Number of women employed by the FCO

Number of men employed by the FCO

SMS4

0

12

SMS3

1

15

SMS2

11

125

SMS1

51

257

D7

40

153

D6

188

507

C5

126

438

C4

449

799

B3

644

668

A2

719

450

Al

156

181

Total

2,385

3,605

December 2002

Grade

Number of women employed by the FCO

Number of men employed by the FCO

SMS

55

414

D7

41

138

D6

165

494

C5

113

427

C4

441

814

B3

642

645

A2

714

440

Al

158

183

Total

2,329

3,555

January 2001

Grade

Number of women employed by the FCO

Number of men employed by the FCO

SMS

38

407

D7

39

87

D6

127

474

C5

77

405

C4

350

803

B3

608

651

A2

655

387

Al

155

173

Total

2,049

3,387