Fawcett responds to IFS report on gender pay gap widening for mothers

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) today released the findings of a report into the gender pay gap. The study shows that women earn 18% less per hour than men on average, and this gap consistently widens after having children. 12 years after her first child is born, a woman can expect to be paid 33% less per hour than men.

Sam Smethers, Fawcett CEO, responded:

“What this study very clearly shows is the motherhood wage penalty, which is exacerbated by a lack of quality part-time work. We are wasting women’s skills and experience because of the way we choose to structure our labour market.

Part-time workers can be the most productive, yet reduced hours working becomes a career cul-de-sac for women from which they can’t recover. We desperately need to see more quality part-time jobs.”


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