Mothers’ pay lags far behind men

Our thanks to a number of people for this. An excerpt:

Women who return to work part-time after having a baby continue to earn less than men for many years afterwards, says a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies…

Robert Joyce, one of the IFS report’s authors, said women did not see an immediate cut in their hourly wages when they reduce their hours.

“Rather, women who work half-time lose out on subsequent wage progression, meaning that the hourly wages of men (and of women in full-time work) [our emphasis] pull further and further ahead…

The TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is scandalous that millions of women still suffer a motherhood pay penalty.”

“Many are forced to leave better-paid jobs due to the pressure of caring responsibilities and the lack of flexible working.”

In breaking news, sports scientists at Whackadoodle University have discovered a link between the time and effort atheletes devote to training, and their success in competitions. Professor Melissa Foster said:

It is scandalous that thousands of athletes suffer a dedication penalty, and that athletes who train hard win competitions, while their less dedicated colleagues don’t. We are calling for an end to the patriarchal link between sporting prowess and success in competitions, and have just secured a major government grant to work out how to give all athletes the same chance of winning competitions.

One early suggestion is that gender-specific competitions are ended, in return for women being given as many awards as men. Another is that points be awarded for gender, obesity, and lack of fitness, and we’d like to see an end to the expectation that athletes won’t eat cakes, drink alcohol, or smoke during sporting events.



10 thoughts on “Mothers’ pay lags far behind men

  1. In the Times of Wed 24th Aug Allison Wolf has, on page 23, a substantial piece with the heading “Theresa May is wrong about the gender gap”. The article points out that there is no such thing.


  2. “It is scandalous that thousands of athletes suffer a dedication penalty, and that athletes who train hard win competitions, while their less dedicated colleagues don’t.”

    Careful there, now. It is only a few weeks ago that one of the ministers for sport was also one of the ministers for ‘women & equalities’. We don’t want to go giving the incumbents any ideas!

  3. It’s interesting what happens when women are given choices in life. It seem that not one single selection satisfies them afterwards ! And every single time, it happens to be men’s fault.
    If they choose motherhood, they miss out on a career. ( men’s fault.).
    if they choose a career, they miss out on motherhood- ( men’s fault.)
    And if they choose motherhood and a career, and if they are not promoted, but their male colleague is, once again-(men’s fault ).
    And as a result in all honesty, I would prefer to be able to study in boys’ schools only, work in all male company and play golf on male only golf courses. And I do not wish to marry either.
    Until women come to their senses again.

  4. Indeed.
    So called “flexible” workers tend to be extremely rigid in the hours they are prepared to work – the flexibility is all on the employer’s side – so very often organisations have to rely on temps and contractors as being the people who have to work the hours and in the location required by the needs of the business.
    You might be interested to know that in terms of categories of business, hairdressers tend to be one of the worst “offenders” in their treatment of pregnant women; women resent their privileges more than men, and more to the point feel freer to express their feelings.

  5. Indeed – this isn’t rocket science, is it? And the people calling for flexible working never recognize that it’s inefficient for organizations, especially in more senior roles.

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