The Financial Times has created a collection of data visualizations showing that 89 percent of women in the United Kingdom work at companies with a pay gap favoring men. The newspaper analyzed data from firms with more than 250 employees, which were required to submit data comparing men and women’s average pay in their organization to the government in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, to demonstrate that three out of four companies pay men more than women. Readers can search the pay gap for each firm through interactive charts, and line graphs show that the worst-performing sectors—construction, finance, insurance, and education—each have a pay gap of at least 20 percent in men’s favor. A major reason for the gap is a lack of women in senior positions, according to the Financial Times.
Visualizing the Pay Gap Between Men and Women in the UK
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked at Oracle and held internships at USA TODAY and in local government. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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