UK: Gender pay inequality persists

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On average, women in Britain earn 16% less than men with the figure rising to 27% for women over 40 years of age, according to The Equality and Human Rights Commission report ‘How Fair is Britain.’

Moreover, the study highlighted the fact that disabled men and women receive 11% and 22% less salary respectively than their able-bodied peers, while some ethnic minorities are also affected by a pay gap.

The chairman of the Commission, Mr. Trevor Philips, indicated that ‘the review holds up the mirror to fairness in Britain….but that we are still a country where our achievements haven’t yet caught up with our aspirations.’

Source: bbc.co.uk /11.10.2010