TISC PN09 0405

TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

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PN 9 of Session 2003-04

PRESS NOTICE

NEW INQUIRY

The Effect of Occupational Segregation on the Gender Pay Gap

The Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the effect of occupational segregation on the gender pay gap.

One of the main problems in promoting equal pay between men and women is that many of the higher paid occupations tend to be dominated by men, while women form the majority of the workforce in a number of lower paid occupations.  The Government has identified such occupational segregation as a priority issue for examination by the Women and Work Commission, which was set up in July 2004.

It has also been suggested that occupational segregation is acting as a brake on efforts to shift the UK to a high value added, knowledge driven economy, as a failure to increase the number of women entering highly skilled scientific and technological jobs is worsening skills shortages in these areas.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these or any other related issues by Friday 28 January 2005.  Details of any oral evidence will be announced shortly after that date. If possible, written evidence should take the form of a memorandum with numbered paragraphs and should be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e-mail to [email protected] with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk at the address above.

For further information please contact the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/ 5778.

22 December 2004

ENDS