New research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , has found that 20.7% of employees in the manufacturing sector have been affected by the gender pay gap, with 83.3% stating that they’ve been paid less because of their gender.

The research, which surveyed 1,000 UK workers on their attitudes towards the gender pay gap in Britain, found that despite there being concerns around stopping pay inequality, three quarters (72.4%) of workers in the industry do believe that their employer can effectively measure any gaps in their organisation. When asked what else could be done to prevent any further disconnect, employees in the capital cited the following:

–  Set salaries for each industry/role (52.4%)

–  More support for working mums and dads (23.8%)

–  Ending the stigma around women going on maternity leave (14.3%)

–  More confidence amongst women to ask for more money (9.5%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library , comments: “The gender pay gap has been a topic of discussion for many years now, and while there’s been some development to better support working parents, such as the introduction of shared parental leave, organisations must work hard to facilitate their employees and create an honest and open culture where women feel comfortable taking a stance against inequality.”

The study comes just one month before the changes in legislation around gender pay reporting are set to come in place. When asked about their attitudes towards these new rules, 72.4% of manufacturing workers said that they would be happy for their company to publish their salary. In addition, 52.4% said that their reason behind this is that it would be fair for everyone.

However, of the 27.6% who said that they wouldn’t be happy for their salary to be revealed, 75% said that it’s because it is private information. Furthermore, 37.5% of workers in the manufacturing sector believe that the changes that are being put in place next month will be enough.

Biggins continues: “The new legislation coming into play in April should go some way to highlighting gaps in UK organisations, but it’s clear that the issue won’t end here. Our survey found that 72.4% of workers in the manufacturing industry think that there’s more that could be done to stop the gender pay gap and the Government needs to listen. Without effectively tackling the issues around flexible working, caring responsibilities, helping women aged over 40 back into the workforce, and general workplace discrimination, the UK can’t expect to see the gender pay gap to truly close for some time. We hope that our research is another wake-up call for the nation when it comes to tackling unequal pay.”

For more information, download the full report here: