Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

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Equal Pay

The Editor of Elle has just said (ITV, The Agenda 22:40 3 November 2014) that for every pound that a man earns a woman earns 81p.

Does this mean that there is naked discrimination amounting to almost 20% in terms of unequal pay for equal work? That would be truly shocking in the UK in the 21st century. It probably doesn’t.

Does it mean that women are being denied (or not seeking/wanting) opportunities (for equal work) that on average reduces their earning capacity by nearly 20%? At first sight that would still be shocking discrimination probably based on possibly manipulated aspirations, stereotyping and unconscious discrimination in recruitment and promotion.

But what is a “reasonable” gap? (light blue touch-paper!) Read more…

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