More than three-quarters of UK companies pay men more on average than women, BBC analysis of government figures on pay by gender suggests. Pharmacy sector companies were among employers with 250 or more employees that have been required to report their gender pay gap figures.

The UK is one of the first countries in the world to introduce gender pay gap reporting. In addition to publishing figures, employers are encouraged to develop an action plan detailing how they intend to close the gender pay gap in their organisation.

More than 10,000 companies have published data, with an average pay gap of 9.7 per cent, reported the BBC.

In total, 8 per cent of companies in the UK reported not finding a pay gap. From within pharmacy, Dudley Taylor Pharmacies and Walter Davidson & Sons Limited reported no pay gap in their company.

Several companies within the pharmacy and pharmaceutical sector reported that, looking at averages, women are paid more than men, according to the BBC analysis.

L.Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited ­– The average man at this company is paid 3.2 per cent less than the average woman.

PCT Healthcare Limited – The average man at this company is paid 2.2 per cent less than the average woman.

Sigma Pharmaceuticals – The average man at this company is paid 10.6 per cent less than the average woman.

Waremoss Limited – The average man at this company is paid 5 per cent less than the average woman.

Whitworth Chemists Limited – The average man at this company is paid 3.6 per cent less than the average woman.

WR Evans Healthcare Limited – The average man at this company is paid 2.2 per cent less than the average woman.

Along with 78 per cent of companies with a pay gap that favours men, several companies in the pharmacy sector reported a gender gap that favours men, according to the BBC.

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited – The average woman at this company is paid 17 per cent less than the average man.

Alliance Healthcare Management Services Limited – The average woman at this company is paid 7 per cent less than the average man.

Asda Stores Limitedd – The average woman at this company is paid 8.9 per cent less than the average man.

Bestway, owners of Well Pharmacy – The average woman at this company is paid 1.8 per cent less than the average man.

Boots Management Services Limited – The average woman is paid 5 per cent less than the average man.

Day Lewis Plc – The average woman is paid 5.2 per cent less than the average man.

LloydsPharmacy Limited – The average woman is paid 3 per cent less than the average man., a lower than average pay gap.

Paydens Limited – The average woman at this company is paid 4 per cent less than the average man.

Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited – The average woman at this company is paid 2.6 per cent per cent less than the average man

Superdrug Stores Plc – The average woman at this company is paid 16.1 per cent per cent less than the average man.

Tesco Stores Limited – The average woman at this company is paid 8.4 per cent less than the average man.

WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc – The average woman at this company is paid 11.8 per cent less than the average man.

The pay gap in the UK is “the lowest since records began”, said the government, but steps must be taken to “eliminate it completely”. Eliminating pay gaps could add to the UK’s economy, it was said last year.

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