The UK is still a long way off closing the gender pay gap, it has been claimed.
According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), while progress has been made in reducing sex discrimination of this sort over the last four decades, much more must be done to stop it altogether.
A spokeswoman for the industry body noted that while girls have been outperforming boys for over ten years in education, this advantage has failed to fully translate into the workplace.
She added: "Only by lifting the veil of secrecy around pay, better valuing work traditionally done by women and increasing the availability of high-quality part-time and flexible working, can we hope to make significant inroads into the gender pay gap."
Her comments followed the release of the findings of a survey commissioned by Grazia Magazine, which revealed nearly 50 per cent of women earn either more or as much as their partners.
Meanwhile, 39 per cent believed mothers and fathers will eventually share the work and childcare load equally.
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