Why is Jo Revill Lying?

In The Observer today:

The UK is one of the worst in Europe in terms of the gender divide, with women in full-time work being paid, on average, 17 per cent less than their male counterparts. When it comes to part-time work, the figures are much worse. The gap is enormous – a 36 per cent gap between the sexes.

Whether or not the gender pay gap is larger in the UK or not depends upon how you count it….if you take the averages of all people working, both full and part time, it is, yes, but that\’s because the UK has many more women working part time than other countries do as a percentage of the workforce. If you look at the gender pay gap for full time workers then the UK\’s is a little smaller (that is, a little better, above average) than other European countries.

But that does depend upon how you\’re going to quote your statistics….whether you want to be wholly truthful or Disraelean.

But it\’s that last sentence which is the lie. Here are the actual figures for the gender pay gap amongst part timers in the UK.

Male part time: £ 10.47

Female part time: £9.14.

So, the gender pay gap amongst part timers is 13%.

What Revill has done is pick up the Disraelean numbers for the way that the part time pay gap is usually calculated. That is, comparing part time womens\’ wages with full time mens\’. And while that is very misleading, at least if you look hard enough you can track down the way in which they are pulling the wool over your eyes.

But this statement:

When it comes to part-time work, the figures are much worse. The gap is enormous – a 36 per cent gap between the sexes.

Is simply not true. All we have to do now is work out whether Jo Revill is lying or she\’s simply ignorant of the facts. The facts concerning a subject she\’s decided to write a long piece for The Observer for.

Your choice.

 

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