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Gender pay inequality still persisting

23 January 2014

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Women still expect smaller salaries than men when starting their first job, an analysis has found. 

Close to 500,000 salary requests between 2003 and 2013 were examined by The organisation found that the trend has remained the same for the past ten years. 

On average, men request £20,219 per year but women ask for just £18,781. Since 2003 the salary gap has risen from £999 to £1,438. 

Office for National Statistics figures published in December 2013 confirm that the gender pay gap increased from 9.5% to 10% since 2012 for full-time employees. 

HR Society president Angela O’Connor said women are still “undervaluing themselves” and organisations are allowing it to happen. 

Speaking to HR magazine she said: “There is a great deal yet to be done to raise the confidence level of young women so that they see themselves as equally valuable in the employment market. 

“We all bear a responsibility for making greater moves forward in this area as employers, educators, parents, politicians and HR professionals.” CEO Gerry Wyatt said: “In general we’re still seeing more men than women go into sectors that pay higher salaries.” 

“Women must ensure they are not undervaluing themselves when searching for a career.