Equal pay 'will take 57 years to achieve'

by Gemma Roskell

It will take another 57 years before women's pay catches up with that of their male colleagues, it has been predicted.

Research carried out by the Chartered Management Institute showed that the gender pay gap has narrowed slightly over the last 12 months.

While female salaries have risen by 2.8 per cent, salaries for men have increased by just 2.3 per cent.

However, the average male manager still earns around £10,000 more than a women in the same job.

At this rate, it will take almost six decades for equal pay between men and women to be achieved, the report stated.

Petra Wilton, head of policy at the CMI, said the government needs to enforce pay equality by naming and shaming those who fail to pay female workers fairly.

However, she said businesses also have an important part to play.

"Employers need to recruit from a wide talent pool but they cannot expect to attract the UK's best female talent if they continue to undervalue it," she warned.

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Published on: August 20, 2010

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