NEARLY eight out of ten companies and public sector bodies pay men more than women.
Businesses with 250 employees or more were required to submit the data on gender pay gaps to the Government Equalities Office by midnight on Wednesday.
Companies which failed face legal action and there was a last-minute dash to meet the deadline.
Of the 10,015 firms providing data, 78 per cent have a pay gap in favour of men. The rest have no median gender pay gap (eight per cent) or one for women (14 per cent).
In the top ten with the worst gender pay gap is Ryanair and the holding company for Millwall FC.
The airline says it pays women 71.8 per cent less than men because of the number of UK pilots it employs — 546 male and only eight female. Millwall Holdings PLC reported a gap of 80 per cent, compared with a national average of 12 per cent.
Equality campaigner The Fawcett Society said pay gap reporting ‘forces employers to look at themselves and understand their organisations, and it prompts employees to ask some hard questions’.
It added: ‘Even better, finally women are realising that they have a right to talk about pay and they cannot be silenced.’