Women 'choose to get paid less'

Women have themselves to blame for the pay gap, a leading academic has asserted.

Catherine Hakim has said that women opt out of the boardroom and choose to start families.

Though equality has been achieved in the workplace, women will not benefit from it unless they change their lifestyle, according to Ms Hakim.

She added that compromise was necessary, as many career women are forced to have small families in order to balance both family and career.

Ms Hakim also stated that government legislation would not have any further impact on what appear to be inequalities, because women would have to change their lifestyle first to get the pay terms they are after.

Her comments follow recent figures from the Office for National Statistics which revealed that the gender pay gap has diminished at its fastest pace since 2007.

The smaller gap, which now stands at 10.2 per cent, was attributed to rising wages in the public sector.

Published on: December 20, 2010

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