The gender pay gap in the construction industry is 1.8 percentage points narrower than the national average, according to the latest government figures.
The difference in pay between men and women stands at 16.3 per cent for construction, compared with the national average of 18.1 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics’ annual survey of hours and earnings.
However, looking at full-time workers only, the pay gap between men and women in the construction industry is 10.8 per cent, compared with a UK full-time worker average of 9.5 per cent – 1.3 percentage points wider.
In the real estate industry, the average difference between men and women’s wages stands at 14.3 per cent, narrowing to 9.4 per cent for full-time workers.
Equalities minister Justine Greening said the government was “pushing ahead” with plans to tackle the gender pay gap.
All employers with more than 250 workers will be required to publish their gender pay gap and gender bonus gaps as of next April.
Ms Greening said: “No woman should be held back just because of her gender.
“The changes we’ve made so that men and women can share their parental leave, the support we’re giving to get more women into the top jobs at our biggest companies, and our drive to get more girls taking STEM subjects at school, are all helping to reduce this gap.”