A recent study has found that women generally ask for a fifth less salary than their male counterparts when applying for a new job – equalling £4,000 per year for a typical job,
The study by Reed.co.uk found that women applying for jobs through recruitment agencies state their anticipated salary as £19,900, on average, while men asked for £23,800, with the gap varying depending on the industry. Women asked for nearly a quarter less than men (22%) in banking and 21% less in the energy sector.
The gap was smaller in the manufacturing and legal sectors with a nine per cent difference.
The largest gap was in accountancy, with a difference of 29%, where a qualified male accountant expected to earn £47,000 in a new role compared to just £36,400 for women with the same experience.
The findings were released to coincide with Equal Pay Day, to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.
Reed spokesperson Lynn Cahillane said: “Our latest research shows a major difference in the pay expectations of men and women.
“Whatever your gender, it’s important to never undervalue your worth at work, so if you’re thinking about looking for a new job.
The study also showed a sharp contrast between women’s expectations on salary and what’s actually on offer. When using the website’s ‘average salary checker’ tool, Reed found many female applicants asked for less than their industry’s average.