According to latest figures, female NHS staffs are getting paid at least a quarter less than their male counterparts. The figures cover 1.2 million NHS staff in England including doctors, nurses, managers, cleaning staff etc.
The report reveals that an average full time female worker makes £28,702 a year in basic salary compared to £37,470 average pay for male full time workers. The gap is of 23 percent. There are bonuses and overtime in addition to this basic pay. This data comes from the NHS Digital.
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Last month it was revealed that 6.5 times more male consultants received the platinum bonus worth £77,000 a year compared to female consultants. Top NHS consultants males make £14,000 a year more than same position women, an earlier report had found. The top paid male senior doctors make two-and-a-half times more than a woman in same position they noted (£739,460 in males compared to £281,616 in females).
This new report shows that male doctors make £67,788 in basic pay a year compared to £57,569 for females – a 15 percent pay gap. They looked at pay of 115,000 doctors to arrive at this average result.
According to Dr Sally Davies, of the Medical Woman’s Federation, this is not surprising but is surely disappointing. She said, “It reflects the fact that men are more likely to make it into senior positions. It is the same issue we have seen in the rest of the economy…I think it raises serious questions for the NHS and government. I would like to know what they are going to do about it.”
According to a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson gender quality in terms of pay is being ensured. “The department is working closely with NHS organisations to support them in closing their gender pay gaps and has committed to an independent review of the gender pay gap in medicine,” they added.