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7 Mär 2016

UK: As gender pay gap persists, business & govt. are urged to do more to close it

"Gender pay gap: women earn £300,000 less than men over working life", 7 Mar 2016

Women are likely to earn £300,000 less than men over their working lives, according to a new analysis...

...[F]igures show a gap of £5,732, or 24%, in average full-time annual salaries between women and men – more than four decades after the Equal Pay Act of 1970 was introduced.

Katy Tanner, a director at Robert Half UK, said there were important lessons for employers as they increasingly report skills shortages.

"As in-demand candidates continue to be in the driver's seat, employers are needing to offer competitive remuneration and benefits packages above industry averages," she said...

...[T]he TUC general secretary, Frances O'Grady, said: "Far more must be done to tackle the UK's gender pay gap. We need more quality part-time jobs, better-paid fathers' leave and more free childcare from the end of maternity leave to help mothers get back to work after having children."...

A government spokesman said: "This government has gone further than ever before in tackling the gender pay gap. Only last month we unveiled a raft of measures requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap and we are extending that duty across the public sector.

"We are making progress with business towards the elimination of the gender pay gap..."...

 

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