Guernsey politician says narrowing the States pay gap will cost £50m each year

Deputy Lyndon Trott Credit: ITV Channel News

A Guernsey politician says that closing the pay gap between men and women in the States will cost over £50m a year.

It comes after States Members agreed to move towards equality of pay in the public sector. Deputy Lyndon Trott says that while he backs the move this will mean a rise in taxes.

A report into the gender pay gap in the Channel Islands was carried out in 2019.

It said that overall women working for the States of Guernsey are paid significantly less.

Of staff members being paid 70k or more 69% are men and of staff members being paid 70k or less 64% are women.