ONS report reveals gender pay gap data for 2022

27 October 2022

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its 2022 “gender pay gap in the UK” report. This report explores the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) data to derive conclusions and assess trends in gender pay gaps.

For full-time workers the gender pay gap was up from 7.7% in April 2021 to 8.3% in April 2022. However, this was down from April 2019, which would be pre-pandemic, at 9.0%. ONS have warned that due to estimates made of the coronavirus periods data disruption may be present and long-term trends should be the focus, rather than year-on-year changes.

Other notable points identified are:

  • employees over 40 years old and those aged below 40 still show a large difference in gender pay gaps, with those over 40 having a gap up to four times higher than those under 40
  • higher earners have a much larger gender pay gap
  • managers, directors and senior officials saw the biggest drop in pay gap since pre pandemic levels, this group has a notable impact on the pay gap, however, the gap still sits at about 10%
  • Scotland and Northern Ireland report smaller gaps than and English region.

The ONS provides a variety of graphics, interactive charts and further reading. If you would like to dive further into the data, we encourage you to explore the ONS reports and website.

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