The widely-publicised gender pay gap reporting requirement has remained firmly in the spotlight, despite the reporting deadline passing over two months ago, with shocking statistics still being uncovered.
But, what are the figures like for women in the transport sector and are they indicative of a wider gender bias?
Our gender pay gap expert, Alex Christen, examines gender inequality in the transport industry for Intelligent Transport magazine. Read her full article below.
Historically, the transport sector has been very male dominated – whether you’re looking at planes, trains or automobiles. And, as with many other industries, the recent gender pay gap reports have highlighted a significant inequality in the sector, affecting most areas of transport. The figures are problematic all over the UK, with the sector accounting for only 22 per cent of female workers UK-wide. In Scotland, transport has the lowest percentage of women in senior posts within the public sector, with women representing only 6.25 per cent of heads of transport bodies. Female civil servants are paid almost 17 per cent less on average than their male colleagues at the Department for Transport, and, in 2016, women represented just 20 per cent of employees in the rail industry as a whole – with only 4.4 per cent in engineering roles.