Women on average earn 18% less than men in the work place, and mothers returning to work face a further 5% gap on top of this
Figures have long suggested that women are in the UK are generally at an earnings disadvantage due to their sex. To add to this, a recent study has shown that women returning to work after having children are more likely to see that pay-gap widen. According to the study this is often due to women returning to work in a part-time capacity, and subsequently missing out on potential promotions.
It is suggested that one way to help address this problem is to place more emphasis on offering quality part-time jobs. Other suggestions include longer paternity leave, government subsidised childcare from the end of parental leave (currently this often does not apply until a child turns three), allowing parents to work from home (or providing a child-friendly workplace), or indeed giving women pay-rises.
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