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Pay gap 'will be resolved over time'

Published: Wednesday, 27 August 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Females looking for work in graduate training schemes or other grad jobs could be interested to hear that salary discrepancies between the sexes is something that can only be resolved over time, according to one industry body.

The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) claims the pay differences between men and women is not "something that can be legislated".

Tanya Hine, president of the group, while more and more top jobs were going to women enjoying good careers, "there's still quite a bit to go".

It will take a number of years before women catch up men in the pay stakes, receive the same opportunities and an attitude shift is important for this, however, this is not something that can happen suddenly, she added.

A recent poll conducted by Perriam & Everett revealed almost two thirds (64 per cent) of those polled believe that women are getting better at negotiating their salary compared to men.

Ms Hine disagreed with this, adding that women are shyer when it comes to negotiating pay.

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