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The gender pay gap—what are the key trends and influencing factors?

Published on: 07 February 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • The gender pay gap—what are the key trends and influencing factors?
  • The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper that offers statistics on the gender pay gap. What does the paper suggest? Does the paper show a general improvement over time?
  • What are the reasons referenced for recent changes (ie shifting job markets, working age, years spent in the workplace)? What lessons can the government take from these?
  • What is the importance of differing work structures with regard to the gender pay gap? How does the pay gap differ, for example, in relation to full and part-time work? What about temporary work and underemployment?
  • What has the UK government done to address this issue (ie reporting, legislation, etc)? How successful have these policies been? Can the government learn from policies abroad?
  • What role does ethnicity and disability play in the context of the gender pay gap? Is this something the government should attempt to tackle as a whole?

Article summary

Employment analysis: In the first of a series of three interviews focusing on factors which have influenced the gender pay gap in recent years, Emma Bartlett, partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, examines the reasons behind the gender pay gap and looks at what the government is doing to address the issue. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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