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Gender wage gap closing but not for degree holders

25 August 2016

Ahead of the proposed introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting for the UK’s largest companies, it shows that on average, women in paid work receive about 18 per cent less per hour than men. Gradual rise in pay gap over working lives Digging down into the causes of the disparity, the independent research body’s study highlights a consistent, gradual rise in gender pay inequality for 12 years after the birth of a first child, resulting in mothers receiving 33 per cent less pay per hour than men at this point. According to the IFS study, The Gender Wage Gap, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the widening hourly wage gap is associated with many women’s reduced hours of paid work after childbirth. Women who work part-time lose out on wage progression, rather than facing an immediate pay cut when they reduce their hours. Career breaks also mean women who return to employment miss out on wage growth, exacerbating the gender pay gap. Source

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