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Employer discrimination not to blame for the gender pay gap


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Commenting on the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report out today on the gender pay gap, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“This study tells us little that we did not already know. If anything, the IFS has provided us with more evidence that the wage gap has nothing to do with gender discrimination. As the study itself notes, women who take time off work and return doing fewer hours are not getting paid less per hour.

“To compare the salary of a part-time worker to their potential salary had they remained full-time skews the numbers. It is common sense that if you reduce the number of hours worked your potential future earnings would also drop. And it’s hard to cry ’employer discrimination’ when, according to the Office for National Statistics, women in part time work last year earned on average 6.5% more than their male counterparts.

“When people make the decision to go part time, either for familial reasons or to gain a better work-life balance, this can impact further career opportunities but it is a choice made by the individual – men and women alike.”

 

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