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UK — Gender pay gap reduced as women's pay rises

13 November 2009

According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, full-time women's weekly pay rose by 3.4% to 426 Pounds compared to a 1.8% rise for men to 531 Pounds over the last 12 months.

The gender pay gap for full-time workers was highest in the South East and lowest in Northern Ireland. While the gap has narrowed, men still earn 16.4% more than women.

A spokesman for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said "the improvement in the gender pay gap is something to be welcomed and we hope this trend will continue. However, it continues to be a concern that women who work full-time can expect to earn 16.4% less per hour on average than their male colleagues."

"If this rate of decline continues, it will be another 17 years before women and men will be earning equal pay. We encourage employers to look at their individual gender pay gap and make it a priority to address."



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