From 6 April 2017 employers in Great Britain with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish an annual gender pay gap report.

The gender pay gap between female and male employees in Wirral Council is significantly below the national average.

In Wirral, there is a 5.85% average variation between the pay to men and women employees which is less than the national average of 17.4%.

At Wirral Council the mean or average gap is 5.85% - compared to the national figure of 17.4% and the median (the middle rate of all hourly rates of pay) difference is 4.78% while the national figure is 18.4%.

In total 63.5% of Wirral Council’s workforce is female and while across the UK economy as a whole, men are more likely than women to be in senior roles, in Wirral more women than men are paid at higher rates.

This year the council has 10 female chief officers to 12 male and the percentage of staff in the top quarter of earners is 58% female and 42% male.

Since 2008, the split at Chief Officer level has gone from five women and 24 men, to 10 women and 12 men today.

Gender pay is not about equal pay. Equal pay is men and women being paid the same for doing the same job. The gender pay gap is the average difference between the earnings of men and women.