Gender Equality Statistics


  • In the UK alone, equalising the labour market participation has the potential to increase the size of the UK economy by £55 billion by 2030.
    Source: GEO internal analysis using data from EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality), 2017. “Economic case for gender equality in the EU”
  • Organisations in the top 25% for gender diversity on their executive teams are 21% more likely to have profits above their industry average.
    Source: McKinsey, 2018. “Delivering through Diversity”
  • In the UK today, women are more likely to enter the workforce with higher qualifications than men, but earn less per hour. The pay gap increases sharply at the point couples have children – by the time their first child is aged 12, mothers’ average hourly wages are a third lower than fathers’.
    Source: GEO, Gender Equality at Every Stage: a roadmap for change, 2019.
  • Women are three times more likely than men to be working part time in the UK. Over the course of a lifetime, this adds up. Because women earn less, they save less. Of the 1.7 million people financially struggling in retirement, 70% are women.
    Source: Labour Market Statistics, 2019; Money Advice Service (2018), Market Segmentation.
  • Over 70% of entry level roles are occupied by women, but they make up only 34% of middle managers.
    Source: GEO/WBC, 2017 The Pipeline Effect.

Headline Gender Pay Gap Statistics

  • The national median gender pay gap for all employees decreased to 17.3% in 2019, down from 17.8% in 2018. This is the lowest recorded measurement since the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings by the Office for National Statistics began in 1997.
  • The median gender pay gap for full time employees has increased to 8.9% from 8.6%.

          Source: Office for National Statistics

Hampton-Alexander Review Report November 2019 

  • Percentage of Women on FTSE 350 Boards:

          FTSE 100: 32.4%

          FTSE 250: 29.6%

          FTSE 350: 30.6%

  • Percentage of Women on the Executive Committee and their Direct Reports:

          FTSE 100: 23.1%

          FTSE 250: 29.3%

          FTSE 350: 28.6%


Linked Workstreams


Agents of Change Power List Awards

Click here to see the annual list of business leaders who are fighting for a more equal workplace.

Gender equality at every stage: a roadmap for change

This cross-government roadmap sets out actions to tackle persistent gendered inequalities. It was published alongside the case for change and the gender equality monitor for tracking progress on gender equality. Click here to see all three publications.

The Hampton-Alexander Review

The Hampton-Alexander Review is an independent, voluntary and business led review supported by BEIS and GEO. It follows on from the Davies Review to increase the number of women on the FTSE 350 boards and in senior leadership positions. Click here to find out more about the Review.