One third of UK women face pay discrimination

Nearly one third of the UK’s female employees feel they are paid less than their male-counterparts, despite having equal skills and qualifications, research has found.

A survey by of 3,700 workers across Europe and the United States found 30% of female employees in the UK believed they experienced pay discrimination, compared with a European average of 38%.

Almost half of female German workers (45%) felt they were paid less, while the Netherlands reported just over a quarter (28%) who said their earnings were below male workers’.

“While female workers in the UK reported less discrimination than European workers overall, there is still much work to be done to promote equality in the workplace,” said Tony Roy, managing director of

“Employers recognise the competitive advantage a diverse workforce provides and are placing more emphasis on recruitment and retention practices that encourage equality.”

The survey also found that nearly a quarter (24%) of female employees in the UK said they had fewer career advancement opportunities than their male counterparts with the same skills and qualifications.

Seventeen per cent said they received fewer training and learning opportunities and 12% felt they enjoyed less benefit from workplace flexibility.

Last week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned that progress on equality between the sexes was stalling.

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