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Gender pay gap inquiry

Inquiry

The report highlights the lack of effective policy in many of the areas that contribute to the gender pay gap. It finds that the key causes of pay differentials are: the part-time pay penalty; women’s disproportionate responsibility for childcare and other forms of unpaid caring; and the concentration of women in highly feminised, low paid sectors like care, retail and cleaning.

Although the Government has committed to eliminating the 19.2% pay gap within a generation, it has remained at around the same level for the past four years. Women aged over 40 are most affected by the gender pay gap, with women aged 50-59 facing a 27% differential. Evidence suggests that the barriers to well-paid work currently experienced by women over 40 will continue unless action is taken to address the root causes of the gender pay gap.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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2nd Report - Gender Pay Gap
Inquiry Gender pay gap inquiry
HC 584
Report
Response to this report
3rd Special Report - Gender pay gap: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2015-16
HC 963
Special Report
3rd Special Report - Gender pay gap: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2015-16
Inquiry Gender pay gap inquiry
HC 963
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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10 February 2016
Inquiry Gender pay gap inquiry
Witnesses Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Nick Boles MP, Minister for Skills, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Oral Evidence
26 January 2016
Inquiry Gender pay gap inquiry
Witnesses Duncan Brown, Institute for Employment Studies, Michael Newman, Vice-Chair, Discrimination Law Association, and Tim Thomas, Head of Employment and Skills, EEF, the manufacturers' association; Helen Fairfoul, Chief Executive, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, Emma Stewart, Joint Chief Executive Officer, The Timewise Foundation, and Claire Turner, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (at 11.30am).
Oral Evidence
19 January 2016
Inquiry Gender pay gap inquiry
Witnesses Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive, Working Families, Maggie Stilwell, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, Adrienne Burgess, Joint Chief Executive Officer and Head of Research, Fatherhood Institute
Oral Evidence
Working Families (GPG0066)
Government Equalities Office (GPG0067)
PricewaterhouseCooper (GPG0069)

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