In a recent study, personal finance experts Wealth of Geeks have identified the top 10 jobs where women, on average, earn more than their male counterparts.
Analysing data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the gender pay gap, the research sheds light on professions where women are breaking through the glass ceiling and earning higher hourly wages.
Topping the list is the category of community and civil enforcement occupations, where women earn an astonishing 28.9 percent more than men on average. These roles involve ensuring compliance with parking regulations on public streets and in car parks by issuing Fixed Penalty Notices and Penalty Charge Notices. The data reveals that women in this sector earn an average of £16.11 per hour, while men lag behind at £12.50 per hour.
Welfare Professionals and Biological Scientists Follow
Securing the second spot on the list are welfare professionals, with a gender pay gap of 20.9 percent. Women in this field earn an average of £20.77 per hour, compared to men who earn £17.18 per hour. Welfare professionals play a crucial role in mentoring, advocating for, and providing rehabilitation services to individuals, as well as overseeing the adoption process.
Biological scientists claim the third position, with a pay gap of 20.6 percent. Women in this role, focused on studying living organisms and their environments, earn an average of £20.30 per hour, while men earn £16.84 per hour.
The Top 10
The comprehensive list compiled by Wealth of Geeks includes the following occupations:
- Community and Civil Enforcement Occupations: 28.9% pay gap
- Welfare Professionals: 20.9% pay gap
- Biological Scientists: 20.6% pay gap
- Hire Services Managers and Proprietors: 20.3% pay gap
- Personal Assistants and Other Secretaries: 17.1% pay gap
- Special Needs Education Teaching Professionals: 16.8% pay gap
- Veterinarians: 14.3% pay gap
- Occupational Therapists: 13.2% pay gap
- Social and Humanities Scientists: 12.4% pay gap
- Publicans and Managers of Licensed Premises: 11.4% pay gap
Commenting on the findings, Michael Dinich, a spokesperson from Wealth of Geeks, noted, “It is fascinating to see such a drastic difference in hourly pay between men and women in these roles. Many women across the UK may have been the victim of the gender pay gap for years, but it is interesting to see which job roles they are now able to earn more than men; the findings could even inspire a career change for some.”
This valuable information, provided by Wealth of Geeks, positions itself as the go-to place for information and advice about personal finance, emphasising the changing dynamics in the workforce and offering insights that could shape career choices for individuals seeking gender parity in their earnings.
Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at the University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.