‘Rapid rise’ in pay inequality for female workers having children

The Resolution Foundation have conducted a think tank that shows female workers facing a rapid increase in pay inequality when they reach their 30’s and 40’s.
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According to BBC News, the research showed that females born between 1981 and 2000 can expect to be paid 9% less than men when they hit their 30th birthday. That is in comparison to a 5% pay difference between men and women in their 20s.

Laura Gardiner, senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said:

“Young women today face relatively little disadvantage in terms of their pay packets compared to what their parents’ and grandparents’ generation faced,”

She continued: “But while many millennial women haven’t experienced much of a pay gap yet, most probably will once they reach their 30s, when they start having children. What’s more this pay penalty is big and long-lasting, and remains for younger generations despite the progress in early careers.”

Because of the research’s findings, The Resolution Foundation is now calling on businesses to work harder to eliminate the pay gap.

Jill Kirby, former director of the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, claimed that change should not be forced on women if they do not want it.

“Women who are highly-qualified will choose to take less demanding jobs – more nine to five, and less nine to nine-type jobs – when they have a family, because they actually feel there are better things in life than spending all their time at the office,” she told the BBC.

Starting from April 2018, it will be a requirement for companies with more than 250 employees to publish detailed information about the pay gap within their workforce.

A spokesperson for the government said: “The gender pay gap is at a record low, but we have to push further to eliminate it completely. Shining a light on organisations’ pay gaps means employers can take action to tackle the causes and drive change.”

 

Our very own Vanessa Vallely appeared this morning on Petrie Hosken’s BBC London radio show discussing the gender pay gap. Check out what she had to say around the 2:36:00 mark here.

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