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Women bosses work for free for almost two hours a day according to research

August 27 2015

Research released on 25 August 2015 says that female managers earn 22 percent less than their male counterparts, with the gender pay gap among management positions now at £8,524.

The report by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and wage analysts XpertHR surveyed more than 72,000 managers in the UK. It revealed that the earnings of men in management positions averaged at £39,136, compared to £30,162 for women managers.

The difference in pay equates to women working for free for one hour and 40 minutes each day.

General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Frances O’Grady, said requiring companies to publish pay gap information was not enough.

“The UK will never really address the problem of unequal pay until there are systems in place to expose and tackle the huge gap between what men and women doing similar jobs in the same workplaces are paid,” she said.

“The government’s move to require companies to publish pay gap information is positive, but it doesn’t go far enough. We need pay transparency and equal pay audits, and a requirement on companies to act on the data to close the gap.”

Men and women must be given equal treatment in the workplace if they are employed to do work that is the same or similar, is of equal value in terms of skill, effort or decision making, or has been rated as equivalent through a job evaluation study.

If you are concerned about your pay, you should ask your employer if there is a pay difference and the reason for this. If the problem cannot be resolved informally or through the grievance procedure it may be possible for you to take legal action, depending on the circumstances.

You can bring an employment tribunal claim while still working in your job, or within six months of leaving the job to which your claim relates.

If you are a GMB or CWU member, you can call the employment helpline for advice on equal pay on 0300 333 0303