The average female executive working in the public sector earns £5,813 a year less than her male counterparts, new data from the National Management Salary Survey has revealed.
The survey looked at salary and labour turnover data for 3,701 people in executive public sector roles in the UK.
The research reveals that the average male in an executive role in the Public Sector earned a basic salary of £36,466 over the 12 months to August 2012, compared to £30,653 for a female in the same type of role.
The public sector pay gap that is smaller than the national average of £10,060.
Female junior executives earned marginally more (£363) than males at junior levels for the second year running (£21,491 compared to £21,128).
At the top of the executive career ladder, female directors earning an average basic salary of £127,257 – £14,689 less than the male director average of £141,946.
Ann Francke, the Chartered Management Institute's chief executive, said:
“A lot of organisations have been focused on getting more women on boards but we’ve still got a lot to do on equal pay and equal representation in top executive roles.
"Women make up almost three out of four at the bottom of the ladder but only one out of four at the top. This lack of a strong talent pipeline has to change, and fast.
"Allowing these types of gender inequalities to continue is precisely the kind of bad management that we need to stamp out.
"Our public services – just like our companies – are missing out on the full range of management potential at a time when we need to be doing everything we can to deliver better and more efficient services.”
The labour turnover data at a national level also shows that more women than men lost their job in the 12 month period between August 2011 and August 2012.
4.3% of female executives were made redundant, compared to 3.2% of male executives.
Twice as many female directors were made redundant compared to male directors (7.4% compared to 3.1%).
The number of women losing their jobs has almost doubled since the last survey from 2.2% in 2011.
The percentage of women in the national executive workforce now stands at 57%. However, while at junior level the majority (69%) of executive workers are now female, a much smaller percentage have made it into top roles – just 40% of department heads are female and only one in four chief executives (24%).
The National Management Salary Survey is published by XpertHR in association with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which looks at salary and labour turnover data for 3,701 people in executive Public Sector roles in the UK.