Equal Pay

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment the Government has made of the principal reasons for the current size of the gender wage gap.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the evidential basis is for the Government using positive action to reduce the gender wage gap.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education), Minister for Women

The government is determined to close the gender pay gap, which is currently at 18.4%. Research commissioned by the Government Equalities Office indicates that the biggest driver of the gender pay gap is women’s reduced labour market participation.

The research can be accessed here: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/files/33083313/FULL_TEXT.PDF.

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