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Female NHS staff in England earn almost a quarter less than their male colleagues, according to figures from NHS Digital.
The figures, across all grades, show that men earn more than women on average across medical and non-medical roles. Figures for all NHS staff, show average annual full-time equivalent earnings of £37,470 for men compared to £28,702 for women – representing a gap of more than 23%.
When actual annual earnings are taken into consideration, the gap widens with women getting on average £28,017 compared to men’s £44,166. This is in part because men boost their basic earnings more through overtime and bonuses. Men’s basic average earnings are £35,327 while women’s are £24,619.
The data also provided a breakdown for medial staff of all grades – showing an average [mean] gender pay gap of 15%, with male medical staff being paid £67,788 in basic pay, compared to the £57,569 female medical staff receive on average.
For non medical staff, average basic pay per person for women is £23,049 and for men it is £26,743.
The figures will need further investigation into the detail, but suggest there is a general issue related to, for instance, the type of roles men and women typically do within the NHS, the part-time penalty and other factors such as the ability to supplement basic earnings.