03 February 2010
Improvements in women's earnings 'are welcome'
Improvements in the earnings of female employees are positive, it has been suggested.
According to Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, it is encouraging that women are being remunerated more generously and this is something unions have fought "long and hard for".
His comments were made in response to the release of research by the National Equalities Panel (NEP), which revealed that female workers in their 30s and 50s with middle incomes have seen an improvement in their full-time weekly earnings.
However, he said that there is still progress to be made concerning the issue.
Mr Barber remarked: "Legislation like the Equality Bill is crucial if we are to ensure that more is done for the many women who are still on low pay to reflect their skills and the important work that they do."
The NEP also found that men over the age of 50 have seen improvements in their earnings.