A panel has been set up in Jersey to find out whether there is a difference between average earnings for men and women.
In the UK, gender pay gap data submitted by more than 10,000 companies revealed that nearly eight out of 10 pay men on average more than women.
In Jersey there is no equal pay legislation so employers are not obliged to publish information on their gender pay gap.
From it's initial research, the panel has found that within Jersey's public sector, more men than women are in the senior jobs according to the government's Annual Report and Accounts 2017.
The percentage of directors in the States of Jersey that were male
The percentage of directors in the States of Jersey that were female
The panel will use their findings to make more informed policy decisions in the future.
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.
Islanders can submit their views/experiences in writing to either:
The Scrutiny Office, Morier House, Halkett Place, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1DD