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.

At Wirral Council in March 2019 the mean or average gap is 6.9% and the median (the middle rate of all hourly rates of pay) difference is 10.9% compared to the national figure which was 17.3% in April 2018.

In total 63% 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.

The percentage of staff in the top quarter of earners is 56% female and 44% male.

Since 2008, the split at Chief Officer level has gone from five women and 24 men, to 11 women and 13 men today (March 2019).

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.