Women in Jersey's public service paid, on average, 15% less than men in 2022

The report reveals that the gender pay gap has widened by 2.6% from 2021 Credit: PA

Women in Jersey's public service were paid 15% less than men last year, according to average hourly earnings.

It means the gender pay gap widened by 2.6% from 2021.

The gender pay gap does not measure differences in pay within the same job - instead it compares average earnings across the sector.

The Chief Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, told ITV Channel: "When we look against 2019, progress has been made - and in some areas there is zero pay gap: in teachers and at CLS (Customer and Local Services).

"There are some good things but we can always strive to do better."

"It's important we measure ourselves ... and we hope that by doing this, we will set a good example to the private sector."

The Chief Minister says she wants to close the gap and is making it easier for women to work from home, increasing the amount of paid time for parents and is looking at what other governments are doing.

She said: "There are many interesting things, such as the mandatory provision of childcare for companies over a certain size and also tax breaks, further tax breaks, for people who have a certain number of children.

"I believe in Hungary, if a person has four children or more, they don't ever pay income tax again."

The government published alongside the findings a list of ways they plan to tackle the issue:

  • Revised family-friendly policies to increase the amount of paid time off for parents

  • Flexible working guidelines

  • Talent programmes including apprenticeship schemes

  • Recruitment strategy.

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