A new online tool by the Minister of Women and Equalities has released information regarding the pay gap in teaching and other professions.
The government figures reveal that Female teachers working in secondary schools are earning on average 6.4% less than their male colleagues.
However the statistics also show that in both primary and nursery education, female teachers are paid on average 0.5% more than their male counterparts.
The figures exclude overtime and have been calculated using median hourly rates. They do not include headteachers but do include deputy and assistant heads.
Secondary school female teachers earn on average £22.34 per hour, compared with the £23.87 received by their male colleagues.
General secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, commented:
“The cost of the gender pay gap equates to female teachers being denied thousands of pounds each year in lost income. Gender inequality also signals the failure of employers to recognise and value the potential of all teachers in meeting the needs of children and young people.”
For Primary and Nursery teachers, women receive £21.46 per hour, compared with the £21.35 per hour earned by men.
However, there is a big difference between those employed full and part-time. Primary female teachers working part-time are paid 2.4% more than their male colleagues but women working full-time are paid 2.5% less.
Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that the data for teachers reflected “quite a complex situation”. He suggested that the gap in secondary schools could be linked to teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments and the higher number of female part-time teachers.
Ms Greening said: “To help women to reach their potential and eliminate the gender pay gap, we need to shine a light on our workplaces to see where there is more to do.”