Earnings by ethnicity

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The pay gaps between women and men by ethnicity also show distinct differences. On average, men earned a higher hourly median wage than women in all but three ethnic groups in 2019.

The biggest gender pay gap is found for people from Indian, Chinese, ‘white and Black Caribbean’ and ‘white and Black African’ backgrounds. The smallest gender pay gap is found for people from Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean, and Arab backgrounds. Although Bangladeshi women earned a similar amount to men, they are both on a low average wage compared with other groups.

The lowest hourly median wage is found for women from ‘white and Black Caribbean’, ‘white and Black African’ and Pakistani ethnic backgrounds.

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.