Department for Education discloses gender pay gap


The pay gap between men and women working at the Department for Education (DfE) is 5.9%, new figures reveal.

The figure was calculated by how much an individual is paid per hour, so takes account of part-time workers.

The DfE is the first government department to publish the difference between the pay of men and women.

The national gap is 18.1%, but the DfE uses a different methodology so cannot be compared directly to the Office for National Statistics figure.

Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening said her department was setting an example on promoting gender equality.

The DfE reported a mean pay gap – the difference between average salaries for men and women – of 5.3% and a median pay gap of 5.9%.

Pay gap data will be published by all government departments and large private companies by April 2018.

The ONS national gender pay gap for full and part-time workers is the lowest since records began in 1997.


Ms Greening said: “I’m proud that the DfE has taken an important step in reporting its gender pay gap, setting an example to other employers as we build a stronger economy where success is defined by talent, not gender or circumstance.

“The UK’s gender pay gap is at a record low, but we are committed to closing it.

“As one of the UK’s largest employers, the public sector has a vital role to play in leading the way to tackle the gender pay gap which is why the DfE’s step to publish our gender pay gap matters.”

The department says it has introduced a range of initiatives to support women in the workplace, such as supporting women returning to work, monitoring pay and helping women progress in their careers.



Apple Unveils 100 New ‘Gender Diverse’ Emojis to Come With iOS 10

Apple Unveils 100 New 'Gender Diverse' Emojis to Come With iOS 10


  • The new emojis include a rainbow flag and a water gun
  • These new emojis will be introduced with iOS 10
  • The new set includes more options to represent women

The latest version of Apple’s mobile and tablet operating system – iOS 10 – is arriving this fall alongside the new iPhone 7, and it’s bringing along many new features and improvements. Apart from the iMessage overhaul and third-party Siri integration, the company has now announced that more than 100 new emojis are also coming with the software update. These are in-line with the new emojis introduced as the Unicode 9.0 standard in June this year.

The new redesigned Apple emojis for iOS 10 include more representation of professional women, a rainbow flag, and a water gun. Apple has highlighted 12 specific emojis in its announcement, giving a generic outline of the emojis that can be expected in iOS 10. These 12 emojis include women in different professions like a detective and even an engineer. Women representing different sports like Basketball, Swimming, Running, Skateboarding, Weightlifting, and Cycling have also been highlighting.

“This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options,” Apple says in a statement.


Significant family emoji additions that include a mother with her son, and a father with his son and daughter, have also been highlighted. Apple has also emphasised on the new rainbow flag and water gun emojis. Unicode had deliberated to put a rifle in its set of new emoji standard, but then decided against it. Pressure from companies like Apple, and Microsoft, and their decision to not support the emoji made Unicorn not include the rifle emoji altogether. Apple’s stress on the water gun is only to further its stance against the rifle emoji.

These new emojis are already available in the latest developer preview of iOS 10. The skin tones of these new emojis can also be changed. Unicode 9.0 introduced 72 new emojis that include a shrug, facepalm, fingers crossed, drooling, selfie, and even an emoji depicting rolling on the floor laughing (ROFL). The full list of new emojis introduced in Unicode 9 can be viewed here.

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Google’s New Emoji Aim to Combat Gender Inequality

Google's New Emoji Aim to Combat Gender Inequality


  • Google’s new emojis now show working women
  • There is an array of different skin tones in the emojis too
  • The new emojis will be included in next versions of Android

You can grow up to be anything you want to be – and now so can your emoji.

Google unveiled a slew of female emoji characters Thursday that the tech giant says are designed to promote gender equality. They depict women with an array of skin tones in various professional careers, including rock star, doctor and welder emoji.

“While there’s a huge range of emoji, there aren’t a lot that highlight the diversity of women’s careers, or empower young girls,” Google wrote on its official blog.

“These new emoji are one of several efforts we’re making to better represent women in technology, and to connect girls with the education and resources they need to pursue careers” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the company wrote.

gender_google_blog.gifThe company has also added male and female versions of 33 existing emoji. For example, you can now use the female weightlifter, cyclist or surfer emoji when communicating with friends about your weekend plans.

The tiny icons have been surprisingly political since you could first start texting them to friends. With characters that were largely white and adhered to stereotypical gender norms, many thought the options did not accurately reflect the entire population of smartphone users.

Google’s new emoji will be included in future versions of the Android mobile operating system.

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Gender gap remains wide in STEM

The proportion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the lowest in South and West Asia at almost 19%. Photo: Mint

The proportion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the lowest in South and West Asia at almost 19%. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: Gender inequality in science has been a matter of concern for years, but progress toward closing the awning gap continues to be tardy, according to the UN.

Only 28.4% of the world’s researchers are women and in India, only 14% of the researchers are women, according to a 2015 report by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

The gender gap in science is a reflection of the global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics which has closed by only 4% in the past 10 years, with the economic gap closing by just 3%.

The World Economic Forum has observed that it will take another 118 years to close this gap completely.

The proportion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the lowest in South and West Asia at almost 19%; Central Asia has the highest proportion at 47%, closely followed by Latin America and the Caribbean at 44.3%.

In countries near India, women employed as researchers in STEM is similar in Bangladesh at 14%, while Pakistan, China and Sri Lanka have 30%, 34.5% and 35% female researchers, respectively.

The gender gap also can be seen in the field of science.

A trend seen across countries, including India, is that the number of women in sciences decline while they move up the education ladder as more become doctoral students and less become researchers.

A study in Science journal last year showed that in fields where people thought that raw talent was required, academic departments had lower percentages of women as compared to fields that required empathy and hard work.