Rail jobs, staff issues and training


TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

Transport for London (TfL) will introduce new measures to “remove barriers” to women in top roles, after figures released this week showed that men were paid a staggering 20% more on average.

The transport body suffers from one of largest gender pay gaps in the capital, more than 15 percentage points higher than the Greater London Authority, the city’s largest local government body, with men paid on average £27.56 an hour compared to £22.46 for women.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “determined” to deal with the situation – which he believes has “existed unchallenged and hidden away for too long” – by ensuring that the causes of this disparity are discovered and removed.

However, there has been relatively little reduction on average between this year’s figures and those for 2016, when Khan first began to publish the statistics.

Sam Smethers, CEO of gender equality charity The Fawcett Society, claimed it was unsurprising that an organisation like TfL would have such a large difference in pay, mainly because the higher, more well-paid roles are filled predominately by men.

“We know that they have highly segregated workforces with men dominating higher paid roles,” he explained. “What matters now is the action they will commit to taking to close the gap.”

TfL says it will be introducing measures to deal with the situation, including specific performance targets aimed at creating an annual decrease in the pay gap, anonymous job applications, and a development programme for groups which are under-represented in senior roles.

The transport industry has historically suffered from a pay discrepancy between men and women, with the government’s performance figures for the last year showing that the Department for Transport had the widest gender gap of every Whitehall department.

Khan has said that the alarming difference in pay across many of London’s public-sector bodies makes it “abundantly clear” that more needs to be done to put women in higher paid roles.

“I am determined to do everything in my power to address the gender pay gap that has existed both unchallenged and hidden away for far too long,” he added.

“While the data I have published today makes for painful reading for all at City Hall and the majority of the GLA group, it’s only by taking these steps and highlighting that there is a problem, that we will properly address the inequalities in our society.”

In general, London has a slightly lower pay gap than the rest of the country, standing at 16% compared to the national average of 18%.

Top image: TfL

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here.


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment


rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleeper's' daily blog

A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, parents should hire a careers adviser. Very funny at the time, but six years on, she could say the same.... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >


Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

rail industry focus

View all News


Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >