The gender pay gap is now practically extinct
The gender pay gap is now practically extinct amongst freelancers and the self-employed
The gender pay gap has been a hot topic ever since the Equal Pay Act came into force in 1970, but things are now starting to get better as new research by online services marketplace Bidvine.com shows that the gender pay gap is ‘virtually extinct’ among freelancers and self-employed workers.
Using internal data from its service professionals and polling 150 males and 150 females, Bidvine.com found that women competing for jobs in sectors like personal training, wedding photography and tutoring were paid the same rate as men, with women actually earning more in some cases.
In the top five industry sectors on the website, data showed that there was little or no indication of a gender pay gap in average rates during the last 12 months (up to and including 30thNovember 2017). The results of the data are below.
Average rates for services offered by Bidvine.com:
- Personal trainers – Male(£36 per hour) Female(£33 per hour)
- Wedding photography – Male(£650 per wedding) Female(£680 per wedding)
- Handy person – Male (£20 per hour) Female(£17 per hour)
- Cleaning Services – Male(£11 per hour) Female(£12 per hour)
- Plumbers – Male (£73 per hour) Female (£70 per hour)
- Music tutors – Male(£28 per hour) Female(£28 per hour)
- Gardening/Landscaping – Male(£21 per hour) Female(£19 per hour)
- Language tutors – Male (£25 per hour) Female(£28 per hour)
- Electricians – Male(£70 per hour) Female(£68 per hour)
- Singing tutors – Male(£30 per hour) Female(£35 per hour)
Bidvine.com is a leading online local services marketplace where users can ask for quotes from local service professionals for work. The professionals can quote for relevant jobs and users can rate their performance through the website. Services available on the site include nutritionists, wedding planers, urgent repairs such as plumbers and electricians and local removals, and processes hundreds of thousands of job requests each year.
Talking about the findings Russ Morgan, co-founder of Bidvine.com said,
“It’s great to see that, at least among the skilled professionals on our site, the gender pay gap is virtually extinct. 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.
“Of course, more could always be done, but it’s encouraging to see that when people have autonomy over their pricing, men and women both value their time and skills at the same financial level and customers don’t appear to take gender into consideration when finding the right person for their job.
“We’re looking forward to the next 12 months, and hopefully a significant change to the ONS figures this time next year.”