Around one quarter (27%) of high earners are women, a similar proportion as exited four years ago, according to an analysis of HMRC data by lawyers Clyde & Co. In 2015, 1.21 million out of 4.47 million higher rate tax payers were female. The figures were published as the government announced an extension of rules requiring some organisations to publish information on pay by gender from spring 2016.
Heidi Watson, employment partner at Clyde & Co, said:
‘If this regulation does one thing, it will highlight issues which we already know about – lack of women in senior roles, more women in part-time work, more women in low paying sectors – so that governments and individual companies will be further fuelled to tackle them, which seems to be the aim.’