The TES is reporting that, a new online tool showing the pay gap in different professions, reveals a 6.4 percent pay gap between female and male secondary teachers, with females earning £1.53 less an hour than male teachers.

The government figures revealed disparities in different sectors of education. In primary and nursery education, female teachers are paid 0.5 percent more on average than their male colleagues.

The online comparison tool was launched by Justine Greening, who is the responsible minister for women and equalities, as well as being education secretary.

The average hourly figures were calculated using media pay rates, and exclude overtime, and the pay rates of head teachers. The figures do include pay rates of deputy and assistant heads.

Female secondary teachers earn £22.34 per hour on average, compared to £23.87 earned by male teachers.

There are greater disparities for female secondary teachers working part time- 14.2 percent compared to male part-time teachers. For full time teachers, a 4.7 percent gap exists between men and women.

Chris Keates, general secretary of teaching union NASUWT commented:

“The cost of the gender pay gap equates to female teachers being denied thousands of pounds each year in lost income. Gender inequality also signals the failure of employers to recognise and value the potential of all teachers in meeting the needs of children and young people.”

Pay gap down to complex criteria

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that the data for teachers indicated “quite a complex situation”.

He suggested that the pay gap in secondary schools could be linked to teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments and the higher number of female part-time teachers.

 

“With the part-time [teachers] it will be often female returners, who often may well then not be holding TLRs,” he said.

 

In response to the figures Ms Greening said:

 “To help women to reach their potential and eliminate the gender pay gap, we need to shine a light on our workplaces to see where there is more to do.”