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Scrutiny Follow-up Review on the Gender Pay Gap in Jersey

Jul 28, 2021

The Gender Pay Gap Scrutiny Review Panel has today announced its follow-up review on the gender pay gap in Jersey following its 12 month analysis undertaken in 2018/2019.

The Review Panel presented its final report in 2019 and found that there was a gender pay gap in Jersey which is compounded by the following factors:

  • Gender stereotypes from school age
  • Occupational segregation stemming from subject choice at school
  • Unconscious bias in the workplace
  • The “glass ceiling” which stops women reaching upper levels in the workplace
  • More women taking on domestic commitments
  • More women taking on caring responsibilities

In its report, the Review Panel made a number of recommendations which included that a public sector gender pay gap report should be published on an annual basis. The 2020 States of Jersey gender pay gap report, which was published by the Government on 26th April 2021, shows that the difference in the average (median) pay between men and women in the workforce is 14.2%[1].

The Review Panel will now undertake a follow-up review of its recommendations to assess whether any progress has been made to close the gender pay gap in Jersey, including whether the Government publishing its data has encouraged other organisations to do the same.

The Review Panel will also explore whether the Government considered a gender-sensitive approach to its Covid-19 policies, as research suggests the Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated many pre-existing gender inequalities for women.

Deputy Louise Doublet, Chair of Review Panel, said:

“It’s really important that we undertake this follow-up work to ensure that our accepted recommendations are being implemented by Government. We must keep the conversation going about gender inequality and what steps the Government is taking to tackle it, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to put pressure on the Government and carry out research and analysis into the gender pay gap in Jersey. We encourage members of the public to submit their comments via the link below.”

Written submissions can be sent via email to [email protected] or by letter to: The Scrutiny Office, Morier House, Halkett Place, St. Helier, Jersey. JE1 1DD 

Scrutiny Press Release.

[1] When GPs – who were temporarily employed by the government last year as part of the Covid-19 response – were included, the gap was 15.2%

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