The health and social care mean gender pay gap has reduced to 8.3% – a 1.2 percentage point reduction from 2022 and a 5.9 percentage point reduction from 2017 (when reporting began). The figures cover staff employed by the Department of Health and Social Care and its executive agencies – the UK Health Security Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. The median pay gap has seen an increase to 9.1%, representing a 0.6 percentage point increase from 2022 and a 4.2 percentage point reduction from 2017. The gender pay gap shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women in a workforce. It is different from equal pay, which deals with the pay difference between men and women who carry out the same job.
The Department of Health and Social Care has called for pay to be ‘fair but affordable’ in evidence to pay review bodies, but not set a figure.
The government denied that it has cancelled plans to double the number of doctors being trained in England by 2031.