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Gender pay gap grows at hundreds of big firms

Four in 10 private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, according to BBC analysis. The BBC looked at a company's median pay gap - that is the difference in pay between the middle-ranking woman and the middle-ranking man. This is different to unequal pay - paying women less than men for the same work - which is illegal. Big firms with a wider pay gap include Kwik Fit, Npower and Virgin Atlantic. Only about 10% of employers have reported their latest figures so far, ahead of the 4 April deadline for the private sector. Of those 1,146 companies the median gender pay gap reported is 8.4% - a slight improvement from 9.7% last year.



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