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The Gender Name Gap: Male names are worth up to £22,570 more than female names

If you thought the gender pay gap didn’t impact every industry, you thought wrong; your name could be affecting your pay right now, as revealed by new insights following the launch of Adzuna’s ValueMyName tool. Ahead of Equal Pay Day this year, Adzuna have found that there is a gap of £22,570 between the highest earning male and female names.

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The first of it’s kind ‘ValueMyName’ tool reveals the average salaries that 1,200 names from origins all around the world earn and unsurprisingly for some, the top 316 are male names.

The highest earning name is ‘Ed’, topping the list with an average salary of £61,362, compared to the highest earning female name ‘Liz’, who earns an average salary of £38,792.  Shockingly, the first female name ranks at a sorry 317th place within the findings.

In stark contrast to the highest earners which are all male names, nine out of 10 of the lowest earning names are female, including; ‘Paige’ (£20,190), ‘Chelsea’ (£21,044) and ‘Bethany’ (£21,488).  The lowest earning male is ‘Reece’ (£22,952) and the second and third lowest earning male names are ‘Connor’ (£24,471)
and ‘Patryk’ (£25,207).

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, comments:

“This tool has shown us that the gender pay gap is not just evident across different industries, but also ties in heavily to males and females anywhere and specifically, names.”

“There is no doubt that 2017 has been a year we'll remember when it comes to the gender pay gap; from the BBC wage scandal to the software engineer that lost his job over sending anti-diversity internal memo at Google. It’s a shame we’re still not seeing enough evidence that these scandals are encouraging
employers to create equal opportunities in the workplace. Instead, we're seeing a ‘gender name gap’ emerging thanks to the data behind our new ValueMyName tool.“

Most Valued Irish, Scottish & Welsh Names

The ‘ValueMyName’ tool reveals that the most valued Welsh name is ‘Huw’, who earns an average of £49,333 and ‘Rhiannon’, a traditional Welsh name, has a takehome of £25,470.

In comparison, the highest earning Scottish name ‘Bruce’ has an average salary of £48,794 and popular Scottish female name ‘Agnes’ earns £28,325.

With Irish roots, a male with the name ‘Neil’ will typically take home £45,455 on average. The most valued Irish female name ‘Ciara’ earns an average of £29,968, in contrast to the least valuable Irish female name, ‘Caitlin’, whose average salary is £25,226.

English names may dominate the most valued names list, but they aren’t the only names that appear in the top 10. The 5th most valued name is French name ‘Philippe’ (£57,787) and the 9th most valued is Indian name ‘Ashok’ (£54,830).

Andrew Hunter continued:

“Somewhat shockingly, the findings from this tool show that the names at the top of the list are all male and the names at the bottom are mostly female. It’s past time for employers to take a step back and ask themselves the question; am I making an active effort to plug this pay gap?”

“Employers across every industry need to be creating strategies, evaluating processes and pushing forward to close the gender pay gap for good. When considering new hires, it’s critical that businesses and companies ensure that both male and female recruits are receiving equal pay; the focus should be entirely on skills and talent and not, in any circumstance or any industry, on gender or name.”

To find out how valuable your name is, try out Adzuna’s new tool here.