Women paid less than men – but they are happier

Women are happier in their jobs than men, despite earning less money,
according to research by the Abbey National.

The survey of 636 working parents in a variety of UK companies shows that
more than a quarter of women claim they are extremely happy at work in
comparison to only 18 per cent of men.

However, the building society’s research also shows that women earn around
£100 less per week than men, who take home £440.70 on average. Only 37 per cent
of the women questioned are likely to be paid for overtime, whereas more than
half of men are.

Despite enjoying their work, it is still women who give up their careers to become
full-time carers. Three per cent of men and 26 per cent of women leave work to
look after children. Women are also more likely to take time off when their
children are ill, with 52 per cent missing a day compared to just 9 per cent of

An Abbey National spokesperson said, "We like to think we are moving
closer to equality, but it is still some way off. What’s interesting is that
despite the disparities, women are still happier with their work life than men.

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