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A new study has shown that female employees are much more likely to receive less than their male counterparts with the gender pay gap resulting in a female earning £300,000 less in a lifetime.

The study, which came from a recruitment company, Robert Half, was released before International Women’s Day and showed a gap of £5,732, or 24%, in average full-time annual salaries between women and men. The study was conducted more than four decades after the Equal Pay Act of 1970 was introduced leading to significant criticism and calls to end the gender pay gap once and for all.

The study found that over a career of 52 years, female employees would earn £298,064 less than male employees doing the same or similar job.

The analysis carried out by the recruitment company stated that the pay gap in the UK was around 24%, however, according to the Office of National Statistics, the difference in salaries is around 9%. However, according to Robert Half, the reason for the difference is the fact that the ONS compares hourly rates while their study analysed annual earnings.

Analysis by Robert Half highlighted faster growth for men’s full-time salaries at a rate of 1.6% compared with 1.4% for women in the year to April 2015, based on earnings figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This took the median gross pay of full-time male employees to £29,934, compared with £24,202 for women.

Fawcett Society’s chief executive Sam Smethers said: “The gender pay gap becomes a significant lifetime pay penalty. The gap widens for older women and becomes a significant pensions gap in retirement.

The impact of having children means that as men’s careers take off, women’s often stagnate or decline.

“Their salaries never fully recover. We have to make it easier for men to share care, create flexibility first at work and open up more senior roles as quality part-time jobs.”

TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “Far more must be done to tackle the UK’s gender pay gap. We need more quality part-time jobs, better-paid fathers’ leave and more free childcare from the end of maternity leave to help mothers get back to work after having children.”

A government spokesman said: “This government has gone further than ever before in tackling the gender pay gap. Only last month we unveiled a raft of measures requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap and we are extending that duty across the public sector.

“We are making progress with business towards the elimination of the gender pay gap. There will always be more to do, but we expect that progress to continue as we continue towards a truly equal workforce in all sectors.”

While there has been some negativity around the way that the government are tackling gender inequality, the recently published women in work table showed that the UK had moved up in the table, but remained in the lower half, in 16th place.

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A study from HMRC and a number of law firms has revealed that the number of high female earners has not changed in the last four years despite many attempts to reduce the gender pay gap.

Figures from HM Revenue & Customs showed that women accounted for 27% of all higher-rate taxpayers in each of the past four financial years meaning that women made up 1.21m of the 4.47m higher-rate taxpayers. This number remained the same despite a rise of about one million high earners in the last year.

Many experts have stated that while the number of high earners in the UK has grown, the gender gap between male and female workers has played a part for the same percentage of high female earners. In 2015, despite a number of goals to reduce the gender wage gap, the gap decreased by a mere 0.2%. Currently, the gender gap sits at 9.4%.

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More than 1,400 women working in the Fife Council are to share a multi-million-pound payout after they were awarded a lump sum for underpayment.

The payout related to cases dating back to 2006 with Unison being involved in a case that highlighted historic discriminatory pay practices. The case, involving mainly lowly paid Unison members was at the final stage with solicitors negotiating the exact amount of compensation with those involved in the case expected to have news “in due course”.

Dougie Black, the Unison regional organiser for Fife local government, said: "This has been a long time coming. Many claims stretch back to 2006, and we can only thank Unison members for their hard work and patience.

"We will now discuss individual claims with the employer to ensure each claim is calculated properly. This a good day for low-paid women workers and Unison is proud to have been a part of it."

Suzanne Craig, Unison's legal officer, said: "Unison will be seeking early payment from the employers.

"Regrettably it took the threat of proceeding to an employment tribunal to focus the employer's minds to settle, but it is great news for everyone that we have agreed.

"This settlement also agrees on the legal principles for moving forward to ensure wherever possible that job evaluation and pay practices remain free from discrimination in the future."

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A worrying survey has found that female solicitors are effectively working from free from mid-August as a result of the gender pay gap in the legal sector.

According to new research from the Law Society of Scotland show that throughout a legal career there can be as much as a 42% difference in salaries between males and females. The research analysed average full-time salaries between males and females and looked at the difference at each level of employment, with salaries varying between 2% to 42% at numerous stages,

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According to the latest study on female employment in the EU Scotland, has one of the lowest female unemployment rates.

The figures, which collate information from the final three months of 2014 show that the level of female unemployment stood at 4% according to Eurostat figures. Positively the stats were ahead of other European rivals such as Germany (4.5%) and significantly higher than the UK rate of female unemployment at 5.3%.

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Equal pay does not only apply to salary or wages – it also applies to any ‘benefits’ that are unequal.The use of the term ‘benefits’ covers all of the components of an employee’s remuneration package other than salary. This could include holidays, occupational pensions, childcare allowances or company cars. 

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