Gender pay gap lowest among train drivers

15 June 2017

Train drivers have the smallest wage gap between men and woman of any job in the UK according to new figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The ONS found that the overall gender pay gap in Britain is 18.1% while among train drivers it is 0.7%.

 

Commenting on the figures Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said ‘I am delighted to hear that the profession of train driving has the lowest pay gap between men and women of any job in the UK. ASLEF has worked hard to promote diversity and to encourage train companies to ensure train drivers are more representative of the communities they serve.’

 

Mick added, ‘Train drivers are highly unionised and covered by strong collective bargaining agreements which have helped to deliver this success story. While the news is welcome, the rail industry needs to do more to improve its recruitment policies and we will work with it on this.'

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