School leaver report renews calls for pay equality

22-08-2006

The Liberal Democrats have called for more to be done to deal with the gender pay gap after a report found that employers are more likely to rate female school leavers more highly than male school leavers in the workplace.

Britain is one of the worst offenders when it comes to pay inequalities, the party said, falling 18th out of 23 countries in EU league tables.

Women and equality spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, Lorely Burt, said: "It is disgusting that women throughout Europe are being ill-rewarded for their work.

"Here in the UK we pride ourselves on a fair and equal society, yet we patently do not value women's presence in the workplace to the extent that we do men's."

The labour market report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and accountancy firm KPMG found that a third of employers think that females outperform males in the workplace.

The report also found that personality and 'soft' skills such as communication and work ethic were more important to employers than numeracy and literacy.



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