Gender Pay Gap ‘Virtually Extinct’ in Freelancers & Self-Employed

New research has revealed that the gender pay gap is ‘virtually extinct’ among freelancers and self-employed workers in the UK.

To coincide with Equal Pay Day 2017 (10th November), we’ve looked at our internal data over the last 12 months and seen a decrease in the ‘gender wage gap’ in key industries.

In contrast to full-time gender pay gap, women competing for freelance or self-employed opportunities in industries like plumbing, photography, and personal training matched men on the site when it came to money earned and number of jobs won.

In the top five industry categories, there was little-to-no evidence of a gender pay gap at play across average rates in the last 12 months up to and including 31st October 2017. We asked 150 men and 150 women from each of the sectors on the site for their earnings in the last 12 months.

  1. Personal training – M: £36 / F: £33 per hour
  2. Wedding photography – M: £650 / F: £680 per wedding
  3. Handyperson – M: £20 / F: £17 per hour
  4. Domestic cleaning – M: £11 / F: £12 per hour
  5. Plumbing – M: £73 / F: £70 per hour
  6. Music lessons – M: £28 / F: £28 per hour
  7. Gardening – M: £21 / F: £19 per hour
  8. Language lessons – M: £25 / F: £28 per hour
  9. Electrician – M: £70 / F: £68 per hour
  10. Singing lessons – M: £30 / F: £35 per hour is an online local services marketplace where members of the public can ask local service professionals to bid for work. Professionals include dance teachers, wedding service providers, tutors, personal trainers, and photographers that see hundreds of thousands of job requests every year.

Equal Pay Day occurs on the day each year that women in the UK effectively ‘stop’ earning because of the gender 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.

Russ Morgan, co-founder of 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.

Because Bidvine connects customers with professionals that can meet their exact needs, perhaps gender has become less of an issue.

We’re looking forward to the next 12 months, and hopefully, a significant change to the ONS figures this time next year.”

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