Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gender Pay Gap Falls to 20-Year Low

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gender Pay Gap Falls to 20-Year Low

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THE gender pay gap for fulltime workers has fallen slightly to 9.4 per cent, the lowest for almost 20 years, but remains at around 20 per cent for high earners, official figures show.

The headline figure - the difference between men's and women's full-time median hourly pay excluding overtime - fell from a revised 9.6 per cent in 2015, said the Office for National Statistics. (ONS).

This is the lowest it has been since current records began in 1997, when the gap was 17.4%, although the gap has narrowed relatively little in recent years, said the ONS.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The full-time gender pay gap is closing at a snail's pace. At this rate, it will take decades for women to get paid the same as men.

"We need a labour market that works better for women. This means helping mums get back into well-paid jobs after they have kids, and encouraging dads to take on more caring responsibilities. …

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