Mind the gap

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Mind the gap

For the first time since records began it appears that female junior executives are earning as much as their male counterparts.

According to a recent (annual) salary survey from the Chartered Management Institute, although progress has been made at the junior executive level, men continue to be paid more on average than women at senior levels.

Of course, and understandably so, the Government's position is that ''the gender pay gap between male and female senior executives is completely unacceptable. While progress at junior executive level is welcome, it's clear much more must be done.'

Even though the law changed with the Equality Act to allow men and women to talk about their pay so they can find out if they are being paid unfairly, the Government is now working with the CBI, TUC and others to develop a framework for gender equality reporting. Further, a new system of flexible parental leave and extending the right to request flexible working to all employees is being planned. Employers beware.

This was first published in September 2011

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