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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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Women still suffer a gender gap in the workplace

Despite the government’s attempts to promote gender equality in the workplace, one in six UK employees still think men and women are treated differently.

IFF Research surveyed 460 employees for its annual Attitudes to Work study and discovered that 12% think the bias is in favour of males whilst 5% believe females receive better treatment.

However, 15% of the females surveyed think men receive better treatment than they do in the workplace and only 1% said they were treated better. 9% of men believe that they are victims of sexual discrimination at work, whilst 10% say they come out better than women.

Jan Shury, the joint MD at IFF Research, said there is a stark gender divide among employees who believe discrimination exists. She went on to explain that the survey also showed that men are perceived to have an advantage when it comes to salary and promotion, whereas women are thought to get better treatment at a personal level.

Earlier this month, UN Women published a report entitled ‘Progress of the World’s Women 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice’, which showed that nearly every nation has an increasing number of professionally successful women.

173 countries now have legislation to provide for paid maternity leave and 117 have rules governing equal pay. Some countries have introduced quotas favouring women and these have led to a high level of women holding top political and business roles.

However, women still have to face significant barriers before they can become economic equals. The proportion of adult females in full-time employment has not changed since 1991, remaining at 53% and there is still a global gender pay gap.

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