If you ever encounter a woman complaining about the gender pay gap, agree it’s a scandal, then tell her than for both part-time and full-time employees, women earn more than men, on average. The gap relates to the median hourly pay of men and women. Should the woman express incredulity – as a businesswoman did recently, whilst interviewing me for a TV documentary on the subject – simply point them to a piece by William Collins – here. Collins shows that in the case of p/t employees the gap has been in favour of women for 20 years (it’s currently about 5%) while for f/t employees, as a result of progressive tax rates impacting on more men than women, the post-tax gap has averaged about 2% in favour of women in the recent three years.
Now, what do feminists propose should be done about the problem?