IFS: Gender pay gap is fuelled by part-time women covering child care

IFS: Gender pay gap is fuelled by part-time women covering child care

The IFS, run by Paul Johnson, said research showed the gender pay gap is fuelled by women being more likely to work part time after starting a family

Theresa May has said Britain must tackle the ‘burning issue’ of the gender pay gap as it was revealed the disparity was fuelled by women being more likely to work part time after starting a family.

Economics think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies said today part time work was associated with ‘little or no’ pay growth on the eve of new rules forcing many firms to reveal salary data. 

From tomorrow, all employers with more than 250 staff must publish reports on the gap between average earnings of male and female staff.

More than 1,000 included companies have not yet done so with just hours until the deadline.

And in an article written for the Daily Telegraph, the Prime Minister wrote: ‘A hundred years ago, some women first won the right to vote.

‘But for all the welcome progress in the decades since, major injustices still hold too many women back. When I became Prime Minister, I committed myself to tackling the burning injustices which mar our society. One such is the gender pay gap.’

The data will fuel debate about whether and why there is still a gender pay gap in Britain despite the passing of equalities legislation.

The IFS said its research showed that while there were several factors behind the wage cap, having children is a major factor in why some women’s pay fal

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