20 August 2010
Equal pay 'unlikely to be achieved for more than five decades'
Equal pay between male and female workers may not be achieved completely for more than 50 years, new research has stated.
According to the 2010 National Management Salary Survey - conducted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR - the two sexes will not be paid equally in their respective jobs until around 2067.
This could therefore mean that grievance hearings over pay discrimination could continue to be relatively common in courts throughout the UK for the foreseeable future.
The study stated that the pay gap is decreasing, as female salaries increased by 2.8 per cent over the last 12 months in comparison to the 2.3 per cent rise seen in male wages.
However, due to the fact that the average difference in salary between male and female managers is more than £10,000, it could take decades for the discrepancy to be eliminated altogether.
Meanwhile, the Tribunals Service earlier this year revealed that the number of employment tribunal claims has increased by more than 50 per cent over the last 12 months or so.
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Posted by Richard Saunders