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Females 'may still have reason to feel discriminated against in teaching'

Females 'may still have reason to feel discriminated against in teaching'

Females in professional roles such as teaching may still have valid reasons for grievances over sex discrimination when they apply for promotion, an expert has said.

According to Chris Keates, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), a "glass ceiling" still exists within the profession which prevents women from progressing above a certain level.

During a speech given at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) conference in Manchester this week, Ms Keates stated that although females still dominate teaching in terms of numbers, sexual discrimination still exists in the race for promotion to the upper echelons of the job.

This could therefore lead to a rise in the number of compensation claims being made by women in this profession for grievances such as unfair treatment.

The NASUWT official went on to say that females are often given major roles in smaller primary schools, but males are usually preferred for "big secondary school jobs, which consequently have the higher pay".

Earlier this year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development stated that women earn, on average, 18 per cent less than men annually.

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Posted by Richard Saunders