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Gender Pay Gap is Closing

Gender Pay Gap is Closing

Government statistics which found that the difference in average pay levels between men and women narrowed last year are evidence of a longer-term trend that the gender pay gap is closing, according to the Government Equalities Office (GEO). The Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) annual survey of hours and earnings found that men in full-time work earned an average of £12.97 an hour before tax in 2009, compared with £11.39 an hour for women; a difference of 12.2% compared to 12.6% in 2008. A GEO spokesman said the figures indicated a broader trend, with the gender pay gap having shrunk by more than 5% since 1997. “Increased transparency over pay and more firms working towards stamping out unequal pay practices are helping to make an impact.” However, the ONS... »