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Women and Equalities Committee
The report highlights the lack of effective policy in many of the areas that contribute to the gender pay gap. It finds that the key causes of pay differentials are: the part-time pay penalty; women’s disproportionate responsibility for childcare and other forms of unpaid caring; and the concentration of women in highly feminised, low paid sectors like care, retail and cleaning.
Although the Government has committed to eliminating the 19.2% pay gap within a generation, it has remained at around the same level for the past four years. Women aged over 40 are most affected by the gender pay gap, with women aged 50-59 facing a 27% differential. Evidence suggests that the barriers to well-paid work currently experienced by women over 40 will continue unless action is taken to address the root causes of the gender pay gap.
Evidence given by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Nick Boles MP, Minister for Skills, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Evidence given by Duncan Brown, Institute for Employment Studies, Michael Newman, Vice-Chair, Discrimination Law Association, and Tim Thomas, Head of Employment and Skills, EEF, the manufacturers' association; Helen Fairfoul, Chief Executive, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, Emma Stewart, Joint Chief Executive Officer, The Timewise Foundation, and Claire Turner, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (at 11.30am).
Women and Equalities Committee publish report on gender pay gap