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Closing gender pay gap 'needs effort'

Published: Wednesday, 13 February 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

A new report has said that the government ought to address the issue of the gender pay gap in the workplace.

The report by a Select Committee has said that the issue should be "taken more seriously" and that continued occupational segregation is prolonging the situation.

The committee have said that one of the main reasons for this is the lack of quality part-time jobs and have urged the government to spend more on the problem.

Commenting on the issue, Judy Malaber MP, who led the inquiry by the business, enterprise and regulatory reform select committee, said: "We need a determined effort on all fronts if we are to crack the worryingly stubborn pay gap and inequality in employment. We are calling on all government departments, public bodies and other Select Committees to keep this high on their agendas."

The report also recommends that schools prioritise work experience in order to increase the number of roles that females would consider.

A recent inquiry by the Office for National Statistics has shown that the gender pay gap still lies at 17 per cent.



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