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Departmental Manpower

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of employees in his Department are (a) women and (b) men; and what the average hourly pay of (i) male and (ii) female employees is. (288305)

The percentage of employees in the Department who are women is 56 per cent. and the percentage who are men is 44 per cent.

The average hourly rates of pay for men and women are presented in the following table.

Hourly pay (£)

Type of average

Men

Women

Percentage difference

Median

20.10

16.17

19.6

Mean

22.06

19.03

13.7

Although median and mean hourly pay (excluding overtime as do the figures above) provide useful comparisons of men’s and women’s earnings, they do not reveal differences in rates of pay for comparable jobs. This is because such broad measures do not allow for the different employment characteristics of men and women, such as the proportion in different occupations and their length of time in jobs.