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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released annual statistics on differences in pay between women and men by age, region, full-time and part-time status and occupation – compiled from its Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Its analysis of the gender pay gap is a measure across all jobs in the UK and is different from compulsory gender pay gap reporting by individual organisations.

Among all employees, as of April 2023, the total gender pay gap was 14.3%. This fell slightly from 14.4% in 2022. There remains a significantly higher gender pay gap among employees aged 40 and over, compared with those under 40 years. For age groups under 40 years, the gender pay gap for full-time employees is 4.7% or below. For age groups of full-time employees aged 40 and older, the gender pay gap is much higher, at 10.3% or more. The gender pay gap increased in 2023 across all age groups, except for those aged 18 to 21 years. 

The gender pay gap is also larger among higher earners. For those earning at the 90th percentile, it is 14.8%, compared with only 3.1% for the bottom 10% of earners.

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