A recent survey looked at the worst and best regions in the UK when it comes to gender pay. It is fascinating to read that right here in the South East, Arun comes out on top of the UK.

The research, carried out by, used the latest data available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), to analyse the differences in median annual pay for male and female full-time workers in 321 districts and units across the UK.

The district of Arun, in the heart of the country’s south coast, is the most gender-balanced workplace in the UK. On average, men in Arun District Council have an annual income of £26,654, whereas women get £26,694 per year – £40 more than their male counterparts. That represents only a 0.15% pay difference.

North East England has Sunderland to be proud of for closing in on the gender gap, coming in a close second behind Arun. The difference between men’s and women’s average annual pay in Sunderland is only £42.

Just outside of Sunderland, North East Derbyshire completes the podium as the third fairest workplace in the UK in terms of annual salaries, regardless of one’s gender. Men only earn £49 more on average every year than women.

The area that inspired Jane Austen to pen some of her most well-known novels is now the best paying place for women to work in compared to men. Females working full-time in East Hampshire earn an average £4,086 more than males.

Chorley and Conwy are the second and third, respectively, best paid places for women to earn more than men. Here, female full-timers earn almost three thousand pounds more than males.

The two places could not be more different in terms of their economic backgrounds. Historically, Chorley grew most after the Industrial Revolution, host to many important cotton mills, while Conwy is home to one of Kind Edward I’s castles. US Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently visited Chorley for the 2021 G7 Speakers’ summit, which gave the local economy an immediate boost.

    Male avg salary Female avg salary Difference %age
1 East Hampshire 28,087 32,173 4,086 14.55
2 Chorley 25,285 28,258 2,973 11.76
3 Conwy  24,634 27,469 2,835 11.51
4 Rushcliffe   29,609 32,720 3,111 10.51
5 Gwynedd 25,501 27,990 2,489 9.76
6 South Oxfordshire   32,861 35,964 3,103 9.44
7 Burnley 21,483 23,433 1,950 9.08
8 North Ayrshire   30,762 33,148 2,386 7.76
9 Ceredigion   27,016 28,580 1,564 5.79
10 Carmarthenshire   28,300 29,548 1,248 4.41

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