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Gender pay gap 'is government's responsibility'

Published: Tuesday, 11 March 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Most people believe it is the government's responsibility to close the gender pay gap, according to new research.

Commissioned by Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the study revealed that 88 per cent of respondents felt it was the government's job, with 94 per cent stating that men and women should be paid equally if performing the same job.

The gender pay gap is currently 19 per cent in the civil service, and stands at 17 per cent in all other areas of the economy.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: "This poll, coming on International Women's Day, shows that the public know equal pay is still a problem and that it's the government's job to do something about it.

"It is scandalous that the gender pay gap stands at 19 per cent in the civil service."

He added that the government needs to address the gender pay gap "especially in its own workforce"

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