Women earn £16,000 less than men, with health workers in worst position

A report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has found that the gender pay gap can be as wide as £16,000, with female health professionals in the worst position to receive fair pay.

The TUC study says that the average disparity in pay currently stands at about £5,000, with women earning 15% less than men.

The report was commissioned to mark “equal pay day”, the point in the year at which women effectively stop earning in comparison to their male counterparts.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is a huge injustice that women are still earning on average almost £5,000 a year less than men. This pay gap can add up to hundreds of thousands over the course of a woman’s career.

“The gender pay gap, which continues despite decades of girls outperforming boys at school and university, is also a huge economic failure. It is crazy that employers are missing out on billions of pounds worth of women’s talent, skills and experience every year.

“Four decades on from the Equal Pay Act, it’s clear we need to take a tougher approach so that future generations of women don’t suffer the same penalties.”

Charlie Woodworth of the Fawcett Society said: “As the age of austerity rolls on, the gap between women and men’s wages could well widen.

“Women working in the public sector experience a smaller gap than those working in the private sector. With a million public sector jobs set to go in the next few years, the average gap in pay could widen as women take up lower-paid work in the private sector.”

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