Women 'earn 17.5% less than men' in a lifetime

by Rachel Crook

Despite efforts to narrow the gap, there is still some disparity in the amount that men and women are paid, which may encourage some firms to seek employment law advice.

Statistics from the European Union (EU) show that over the course of a lifetime, females earn an average of 17.5 per cent less than their male counterparts.

Furthermore, the body revealed that women have essentially gone without pay since the first day of the year until tomorrow (March 5th) just to match the amount earned by men.

"Together with Member States and social partners, we will seek to significantly reduce the gender pay gap in the EU," emphasised vice-president Viviane Reding, the EU's justice commissioner.

It was recently said by deputy general-secretary of the Trades Union Congress Frances O'Gradywill that workers all over the UK should be entitled to pay rises as the cost of living increases.

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Published on: March 4, 2011

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