Train drivers have smallest gender pay gap of all UK industries


New figures are set to show that the job with the smallest gap in wages between men and women working in any occupation in the UK is that of driving trains.

Statistics being compiled by the Government Equalities Office will reveal that while the overall gender pay in Britain is 18.4%, for train drivers it is just 0.7%. 96% of UK train drivers are members of ASLEF.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “I am delighted that train drivers have the lowest gender pay gap of any job in the UK because ASLEF has been at the forefront of promoting diversity in our industry, working hard to encourage train companies to ensure that train drivers are more representative of the communities they serve.

“As a trade union, we can only recruit as members people who have been selected, and trained, to work as drivers by the train and freight operating companies. But we work with these companies, every day of every week, to ensure they encourage women, as well as men, to become train drivers.

“Train drivers are highly unionised and covered and protected by strong collective bargaining agreements – factors which have helped deliver this success story. However, while this news is welcome, we know the rail industry needs to do more to improve its recruitment policies and we will work with the FOCs and TOCs to make sure this happens.”


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