That there’s a pay gap between the average woman and the average man we know. That there’s no pay gap between men and women, with the same qualifications, at the same age and level of experience, we also know. That is, there’s a pay gap between men and women and no pay gap between male and female peers – peers usually being used to mean the same in all respects except the one being examined.
Which brings us to this about Lloyds Bank and their black staff:
Black staff at Lloyds are paid 20% less than their peers, bank reveals
No, that’s lying.
The bank has not revealed that the black Oxbridge graduate working on a bond trading desk is paid less than the white Oxbridge graduate working on a bond trading desk. Nor has it said that a black bank manager is cruelly denied her due, nor that white mop pushers unfairly gain 10 pence an hour more than those of duskier hues.
Actually, that last might well be the other way around. Off in the sticks those who clean the branches are more likely to be paler than those who clean in London. And London wages are substantially higher than those in said sticks. It’s not certain but it’s definitely possible that across the mop pushing workforce blacks get higher wages than whites – the black, as opposed to BAME, population of the country is heavily concentrated in London which is why black women have, as a specific group, one of the highest per hour pay rates in the country.
What has actually been found is that blacks and whites are not peers among the Lloyds Bank workforce:
Lender releases data as part of race action plan, and says gap is due to lack of black staff in top roles
So, why are people lying about it?