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Women with children hit by gender pay gap

by LLB Reporter
23rd Aug 16 11:12 am

New research shows

Women are earning 18% less than men on average, a new research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has found.

The study also highlighted that women going back to work after having children are missing out on pay rises and promotions.

The pay gap widens consistently for 12 years after a first child is born, by which point women receive 33% less pay an hour than men, according to the research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

“The gap between the hourly pay of higher-educated men and women has not closed at all in the last 20 years,” said Robert Joyce, associate director at IFS and one of the report’s authors.

“The reduction in the overall gender wage gap has been the result of more women becoming highly educated, and a decline in the wage gap among the lowest-educated.”

The study made some experts call for more quality part-time work in the world of work.

Sam Smethers, chief executive at the Fawcett campaign group, said: “We are wasting women’s skills and experience because of the way we choose to structure our labour market. Part-time workers can be the most productive, yet reduced hours working becomes a career cul-de-sac for women from which they can’t recover.”

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