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Eversheds comment: Broad strategy required to tackle gender pay imbalance

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    Commenting on news that a group of MPs is demanding that greater steps are taken to combat a "motherhood penalty" that has left women being paid less than men, Simon Rice-Birchall, partner at Eversheds, says:

    “Whilst the precise statistics vary, there can be little doubt that a significant gap exists between the pay of men and women, even 40 years on from the Equal Pay Act. The simple figures nonetheless disguise a complex background and one which is every bit as much society-led as employment related.

    "As a result, any real progress in reducing the pay differential will inevitably require a multi-factoral approach to change perceptions over caring responsibilities, attitudes to time off work and stereo-typing of some roles. The new requirements for employers to disclose their gender pay gap from 2018 will be just one small step towards addressing such issues but will need to form part of a broader strategy if it is to have maximum impact.”


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