Sex does count in pay fight


MEN continue to earn more money than women.

Spain is among several EU countries which have started to address the situation by adopting legislation that introduces gender quotas for company boards.

On average in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries women earn 16 per cent less than men and female top-earners are paid on average 21 per cent less.

Irrespective of family commitments, many female professionals find it difficult to climb the career ladder.

Fewer than one-third of managers and only 10 per cent of board members are women, according to a new OECD report.

This is echoed in a new EC report which reveals that less than 14 per cent of board members in Europe’s major companies are women.

Although this is a couple of per cent better than in 2010, at this rate it will take 40 years ‘to reach a significant gender balance (at least 40 per cent of both sexes)’.

Meanwhile, a new study has revealed that half of the female workforce in Britain is being sexually discriminated against on a daily basis.

Of the women who had experienced harassment in the workplace, one in three women have considered quitting their jobs, and a quarter suffered mental and physical health problems because of their experiences.

Barrister Rachel Temple, of who conducted the study said:

“Hundreds of thousands of women are suffering discrimination of some kind, but half of those we spoke to said they simply don’t know where to turn to for help.”

When it comes to moving up the career ladder, many women feel they are treated as second best because of their gender.

Twenty-three per cent of women in Britain’s workplaces feel convinced a colleague has secured a promotion that was rightfully theirs, just because they were male.

One on four women claim male colleagues in the same job as them are being paid more.


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