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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-10-03

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4 in 10 workers in Liverpool believe the gender pay gap is 'out of their hands'

NEW research from the UK's leading independent job board, CV Library, has found that 41.2% of employees in Liverpool believe that the gender pay gap is 'out of their hands', with 75% admitting that they've been paid less because of their gender. The research, which surveyed 1,000 UK workers on their attitudes towards the gender pay gap in Britain, found that despite there being concerns around stopping pay inequality, 83.3% of workers in the city do believe that their employer can effectively measure any gaps in their organisation.

When asked what else could be done to prevent any further disconnect, employees in Liverpool cited: set salaries for each industry/role (30.8%), more support for working mums and dads (30.8%), ending the stigma around women going on maternity leave (30.8%) and more confidence amongst women to ask for more money (7.7%).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, comments:- "The gender pay gap has been a topic of discussion for many years now, but it's concerning that it's come to a point where workers now see no way out. While there's been some development to better support working parents, such as the introduction of shared parental leave, organisations must work hard to facilitate their employees and create an honest and open culture where women feel comfortable taking a stance against inequality."

The study comes just 1 month before the changes in legislation around gender pay reporting are set to come in place. When asked about their attitudes towards these new rules, 70% of workers in Liverpool said that they would be happy for their company to publish their salary. In addition, 52.4% said that their reason behind this is that it would be fair for everyone. However, of the 30% who said that they wouldn't be happy for their salary to be revealed, 66.7% said that it's because it is private information. Furthermore, 41.2% of workers in Liverpool believe that the changes that are being put in place, in April 2017, will be enough.

Biggins continues:- "The new legislation coming into play in April should go some way to highlighting gaps in UK organisations, but it's clear that the issue won't end here. Our survey found that 43.3% of workers in Manchester think that there's more that could be done to stop the gender pay gap and the Government needs to listen. Without effectively tackling the issues around flexible working, caring responsibilities, helping women aged over 40 back into the workforce, and general workplace discrimination, the UK can't expect to see the gender pay gap to truly close for some time. We hope that our research is another wake up call for the nation when it comes to tackling unequal pay."

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