Is There a Gender Pay Gap in Jersey?

Friday 27 July 15:55

A Gender Pay Gap Review Panel has been established to assess whether there is a gender pay gap in Jersey.

In England, Wales and Scotland all private, voluntary and public sector employers with 250 or more employees must now publish information on their gender pay gap under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. In Jersey there is no equal pay legislation and therefore no requirement for employers to publish information on their gender pay gap. 
 
From its preliminary research, the Panel has found that within the public sector a high majority of males occupy the senior level jobs, as identified in the States of Jersey Annual Report and Accounts 2017:
 

  • Directors:  86.7% were male 13.3% were female
  • Senior Managers: 66.9% were male 33.1% were female
  • Overall public sector workforce: 37% were male 63% were female

 
These figures are reflected within a response to a written question regarding public sector pay for men and women. The data showed that a higher proportion of females compared to males earnt £70k or less within the public sector workforce. It also showed that a higher proportion of males compared to females earnt £70k or more.
 
The Panel would like to review whether there is a gender pay gap in the public and private sectors so that more informed policy decisions can be taken in future.
 
Deputy Louise Doublet, Chair of the Panel, said: “It is so important that we find out whether there is a gender pay gap in Jersey. Currently, there are very limited statistics in this area and having reliable data is paramount in helping us make evidence based, well informed policy decisions in future - we can’t address what we don’t know. We are calling on the public and organisations to write to us on this very topical issue.” 

Written submissions can be sent via email to scrutiny@gov.je or by letter to: The Scrutiny Office, Morier House, Halkett Place, St. Helier, Jersey. JE1 1DD

The Terms of Reference for the review are as follows:

1. To determine whether there is a gender pay gap in the public and private sector in Jersey
 
2. To examine other jurisdictions in order to obtain international evidence on the gender pay gap
 
3. To assess what measures are being taken to promote more equal, inclusive and transparent workforce environments
 
4. To explore the sociological factors associated with the gender pay gap
 

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