According to recent data, the gender pay gap is virtually extinct among contractors and the self-employed.
Research from an online services marketplace has revealed that women competing for jobs in industries such as plumbing, photography and personal training are paid the same (and often more) than their male counterparts.
In the top ten industry categories on Bidvine.com, there was little evidence of an average gender pay gap at play across rates in the last 12 months up to and including 31st October 2017. The study was based on a random group of 150 women and 150 men from the each of the sectors on the site.
November 10th marked Equal Pay Day – the day when women in the UK effectively 'stop' earning because of the enduring pay gap. Figures for 2017 from the ONS put the average gap at 14.1% across all age groups and industry, a figure which has remained unchanged in the last three years, despite the Equal Pay Act being 47 years old.
This study shows that flexible working offers a level-playing field for people to be employed based on their abilities as opposed to their gender.
Co-founder of Bidvine.com, Russ Morgan, said, “It’s great to see that, at least among the skilled professionals on our site, the gender pay gap is dying. The explosion of freelance and self-employed workers has seen a shift in how people value the work they do, and what their customers see as value for money for a job well-done.