Equal pay gap widens for first time in five years

first_img Previous Article Next Article The gap between men and women’s wages has widened for the first time since1997. According to the New Earnings Survey statistics by the Office for NationalStatistics, women who work full-time earn just 81.2 per cent of the averagefull-time male wage, compared to 81.5 per cent in 2001. They also show thatpart-time female staff earn 58.9 per cent of the male full-time average hourlywage, compared to 58.7 per cent in 2001. The Office for National Statistics said the boost to low-earning women’ssalaries from last October’s increase in the minimum wage, was wiped out by theimpact of large pay rises for male professional and managerial workers inLondon. The widening pay gap has also been attributed to big pay deals for theCity’s predominantly male workforce over the past year. Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission Julie Mellor said: “Womenwho work part-time pay a heavy price for not working the traditionalnine-to-five. Those in typical part-time jobs such as cleaning or catering,which offer the flexible hours they need to look after their children, findthere are low hourly rates of pay. We just don’t put a proper value on thesetypes of jobs because they have traditionally been done by women,” shesaid. “Britain’s woeful record on pay has to change if we are ever to see amore equal society. It will only change if companies of all sizes review theway that they pay their staff. It is not enough to recognise the problem. Overthe longer term the Government needs to look at why women’s jobs remainundervalued and underpaid.” The EOC has developed an Equal Pay Kit to help employers carry out payreviews, and also developed guidance for software producers developing ITpackages which can be used to assess companies’ pay systems. www.eoc.org.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Equal pay gap widens for first time in five yearsOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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