TISC PN19 0405

TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE OFFICE     HOUSE OF COMMONS
7 MILLBANK     LONDON SW1P 3JA

Telephone: 020 7219 5777/5778

PN 19 of Session 2003-04

PRESS NOTICE

Inquiry into

The Effect of Occupational Segregation on the Gender Pay Gap

In December 2004, the Committee announced a new inquiry into the effect of occupational segregation on the gender pay gap (Press Notice 9 of Session 2004-05).  The Committee invited written evidence on the reasons why women tend to work in the lower paid occupations; the effect of this on the gender pay gap; and whether 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 has decided to extend the deadline for written evidence on these or any other related issues to Friday 18 February 2005.  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.

In the meantime, the Committee is taking oral evidence on this subject from the Equal Opportunities Commission at 9.15 am on Wednesday 2 February in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

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

28 January 2005

ENDS