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One in three women says pay gap is "out of their hands"

The vast majority of female workers say they are paid less than male colleagues but over a third of them can't see an end to the gender pay gap.

New research from CV-Library has found that 88% of women said that they've been paid less because of their gender; and over a third (37%) of female employees say that the gender pay gap is "out of their hands".

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: 

"The gender pay gap has been a topic of discussion for many years now, but it's concerning that it has come to a point where female workers now see no way out. While there's been some development to better support working parents, such as the introduction of shared parental leave, organisations must work hard to facilitate their employees and create an honest and open culture where women feel comfortable taking a stance against inequality."

From April, companies with at least 250 employees will have to publish the differences between men's and women's salaries. When asked about their attitudes to these new rules, 76% of workers polled said they would be happy for their company to publish their salary. In addition, 47% said this would be fair for everyone, with this figure rising to 54% amongst men.

However, of the 24% who said that they wouldn't be happy for their salary to be revealed, 67% said that information was private, rising to 71% amongst women. Furthermore, 33% of women said that the gender pay gap has been going on for far too long and it will be difficult to eliminate entirely.

Despite this, 67% of workers said they do believe that their employer can measure pay gaps and when asked what else could be done to address the issue, they cited:

  • Set salaries for each industry/role (46%);

  • More support for working mums and dads (29%);

  • More confidence amongst women to ask for more money (12%);

  • Ending the stigma around women going on maternity leave (12%).
"Our survey found that over half (57%) of workers think that there's more that could be done to stop the gender pay gap and the Government needs to listen," said Biggins. "Without effectively tackling the issues around flexible working, caring responsibilities, helping women aged over 40 back into the workforce and general workplace discrimination, the UK can't expect to see the gender pay gap to truly close for some time."

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