How does the construction sector compare with the rest of the UK?
When comparing median hourly rates across the top 40 contractors, women earn 72p for every £1 that men earn
When comparing median hourly rates across the top 20 consultants, women earn 74p for every £1 that men earn
What is the gender pay gap?
The gender pay gap is the difference in the average hourly wage of all men and women across a workforce. It is not the same as unequal pay – paying men and women differently for the same or similar work – which has been illegal since 1970.
All businesses with more than 250 employees have a statutory obligation to publish specific gender pay gap data and bonus pay gap data, as well as the percentage of women employed in each pay quartile.
Building has chosen to focus on the median gender pay gap, which is the middle number in a set of data, rather than the mean gender pay gap.
Some larger contractors have taken the opportunity to publish gender pay gap data for the entire group, as well as the divisions they are obliged to report on. Where possible, Building has used the whole group data.
To represent construction, Building has taken an average of the median gender pay gap of the top 40 contractors and housebuilders in 2018, ranked by annual turnover, and the top 20 consultants.