Pay gap widens between men and women

New statistics show the pay gap is widening between men and women. Plus other news.

The average pay gap between men and women’s income is increasing, figures from The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) show.
The figures released today (14/11/08) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the difference between men’s and women’s average hourly wage has risen from 17.0% in 2007 to 17.1% in 2008 for women working full time and for women working part time it has risen from 35.8% in 2007 to 36.3% in 2008.
ASHE also says that the median average pay gap between men and women rose from 12.8% up from 12.5% in 2007.
Katherine Rake, director of equality campaigning group The Fawcett Society, said: "After years of painfully slow progress in closing the pay gap, we have now actually gone into reverse gear with the pay gap widening over 2008 for women working full and part time. This sadly demonstrates that the Government has failed to take serious action to combat discrimination still facing women in the labour market.”
The Fawcett Society is calling on the Government to make changes to the forthcoming Equality Bill to make it a legal requirement for companies to review their pay structures and address any discrimination. Equality pay audits are currently voluntary.
Another report released today shows that only 17% of companies have voluntarily completed a pay audit.

Women more stressed at work than men, says US study
Women workers are more stressed and get stressed about different things than men, a US study shows.

Work Trends, a study of 10,000 workers by the Kenexa Research Institute found that women’s work stress is more related to managerial support and equal opportunity, whereas for men stress is more related to product quality and trust in senior leadership.
Women were also more likely to report feeling stressed than men. Brenda Kowske, research consultant, Kenexa Research Institute, said: "This research may partially explain why there are fewer women in management roles in the United States. The media and academia have substantiated the existence of the glass ceiling. Women also fight the commonly held perception that they may lack the motivation to climb the corporate ladder, and our data indicate that fewer women feel that achieving career goals is likely while maintaining a balance between their personal and professional lives. All of these factors may increase stress for women managers. It is difficult to ascertain, however, if women feel more stress, or if their stress is equal to a man’s, but they more freely report their stress levels."

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