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23 August 2016

Mothers face greater gender wage gap than the childless

Women with children are facing a widening gender pay gap when compared with those without children, a study by a leading economic think tank reports.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) finds that while the overall "gender wage gap" has narrowed over the past two decades, women with children are falling behind.

Hourly pay rates for women are currently around 18% lower than for men, down from 23% in 2003 and 28% in 1993.

However once women start a family, the gap widens consistently year by year so that by the time their first child reaches the age of 12, their hourly pay is 33% down on men.

The report suggests the difference may be down to women missing out on promotions due to working fewer hours once they have children.

It could also be attributed to less experience while away from the workplace raising their children, while their male colleagues pull further and further ahead.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It is scandalous that millions of women still suffer a motherhood pay penalty.

"Without more well-paid, part-time jobs and affordable childcare, the gender pay gap will take decades to close. We need to see a step change in government policy and employer attitudes if we are to fix this problem."

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