Issues - gender Bias - pay on merit not gender
Although studies taking into account the time
spent in post and experience therefore gained, it is found
that there is no discernable pay gap. If a woman takes time
out wisely to bring up their children and devote time to parenting
then the man needs to provide for both. The pay for a particular
job should be awarded to experience and time served on merit.
So why are we facing this continuous barrage
of how badly women fare when it is untrue.
If we take it as a family issue then common sense says one
parent or the other should devote time to their children as
two working parents cannot give quality care to a young developing
Inequality in the pay of men and women is getting worse
The gap between men and women's pay in the UK is wider than
official figures show, according to a new report.
Research by PayFinder.com, which compares salaries, showed
the average pay gap at 24%, contradicting an Office for National
Statistics figure of 19%.
The widest differences in pay between genders was found in
the South East and Scotland, the report said.
The gap was 30% in the South East, 29% in Scotland and 26%
in eastern and north-east England.
The website said it was "incredible" that the gender
pay gap still existed in modern times.
The pay divide in Wales has widened by 14% in the past year
Overall, the pay gap across the UK has stretched by 5% over
the last 12 months.
Battle of the sexes
Back in 2002, the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) New
Earnings Survey found that female part-time workers took home
59 pence for every £1 earned by full time workers.
However, it has not been all bad news on the pay gap front.
A survey from the GMB union earlier this year found the gap
had swung the other way in Castlereagh, Armagh and Cookstown
in Northern Ireland.
Women's pay was £38 a week higher than men's, highlighting
the plight of many low paid male workers in those regions.
Legislation has been in place for years to try and smooth
over the problem.
The Equal Pay Act 1970 gave an individual the right to the
same contractual pay and benefits as a person of the opposite
sex in the same employment.
But the reality seems to be that gender pay gaps are wider
"We've always noticed that men fare better in the wage
stakes than women, regardless of age, region and sector,"
said a spokesman for PayFinder.