EOC report reveals dramatic gender pay gap

A
new EOC report reveals that although women now account for 30 per cent of
managers in Britain, they still earn 24 per cent less per hour than male
managers. 

New
figures on pay, also published today by the Office for National Statistics,
show women working full-time in 2001 earned 18.5 per cent less per hour than
men working full-time, compared with 18.9 per cent in 2000.

The
gap between women part-time workers’ hourly earnings and men full-time workers’
hourly earnings increased from 40.2 per cent in 2000 to 41.3 per cent in 2001.

Commenting
on the figures, Ms Mellor said: "Women will remain the poorer
sex until there is a radical change of working culture in all sectors and at
all levels. Routine pay reviews to check that pay systems don’t short-change
women are an essential part of the culture change needed."

Other
findings in the :EOC’s report, Women and Men in Britain:
Management,
 included:


Men dominate in nine out of the 11 managerial groups, the exceptions being
financial institution and office managers, and health and social services
managers.


The few sectors in which women account for 50 per cent or more of managers are
in fields of work dominated by women overall, including education and health
and social services.


Only 6 per cent of managers were employed part-time, and three-quarters of
those were women.


22 per cent of managers usually worked more than 50 hours a week, and male
managers (27 per cent) were more likely than female managers (10 per cent) to
do so.

Women
managers are less likely than male managers to have dependent children. 47 per
cent of male managers had dependent children, and 20 per cent had at least one
child under five. In comparison 35 per cent of female managers had dependent
children and 12 per cent had at least one child under five.

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