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Does the gender pay gap really exist?

Does the gender pay gap really exist?

Maureen Blenkharn from leading Scottish recruiter McAdam King said surveys which claim that discrepancies exist between male and female executives’ pay do not help the cause of women.

One such survey suggested that the gender pay gap could be as high as £10,000 per year but Ms Blenkharn warned that those sort of comparisons did not paint an accurate picture of working practices in recruitment.

She said that in her experience employers just want to find the right candidate and offer the same package to both men and women. She went on to say that McAdam King works with major financial services, manufacturing and oil and gas firms and it’s not possible to imagine a situation where companies would take a different approach to salary negotiations because of gender.

The CMI recently published research claiming that it will take 100 years before women executives receive the same pay as men.

Kay Senior from Badenoch & Clark said that if this is true it is very disappointing and must be addressed. She also claimed that men were proactive when it comes to pay and women should adopt the same attitude. Almost 75% of women do not know the market rate for their position, she said whereas 34.5% of men knew exactly what they should receive and were prepared to make sure their employer was aware of it.

She finished by saying that organisations must address the gender pay gap but it was just as important for employees to understand the industry standard for their job and communicate regularly with their employer about their salary.

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