Men benefit far more than women financially from apprenticeships as female trainees typically enter lower-paying industries at the very start of their careers. By the age of 23 men earn an average of between 26pc and 31pc more than women with similar level qualifications, according to a study by economists at the London School of Economics, Centre for Economic Performance and Centre for Vocational Education Research. As much as half of this gap is due to different choices made by male and female trainees. “For men, there is very high concentration in sectors where the return to an apprenticeship is high (such as engineering) whereas women specialise in areas where the returns to having an apprenticeship... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Instant gender pay gap for young workers as women choose lower-wage apprenticeships than men
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Germany has flourished under Chancellor Angela Merkel over the last 12 years, with record-low unemployment and robust economic growth. But that success hasn’t translated into better pay for women in the country, where one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe looks unlikely to get better soon.Despite having a woman running the government, a new law aimed at highlighting the issue lacks the teeth to boost women’s standing in the corporate sector. The so-called Wage Transparency Act, which took full force in January, puts the onus on individual employees to step forward and request information on wage discrepancies, while companies are given plenty of wiggle room.“The law will practically have no impact on furthering pay equality,” said Hans-Georg Kluge, a lawyer who specializes in anti-discrimination cases. “Individual women who are willing to take their case to court will draw no benefit from this.”That’s a far cry from other efforts, where … [Read more...] about Germany’s Big Pay-Gap Problem
"One of the causes for a gender pay gap that stands out in Europe is Estonia's extraordinarily long parental leave," Elmik said in a press release on Monday. "By age group, the pay gap is largest between the ages of 35-44, when women are returning to the labor market after maternal leave; 64 percent of children in Estonia are born to women between the ages of 25-34."According to Elmik, there is a labor gap in Estonia as well. "Women are more often than men inactive on the labor market, or engaged part-time," she explained. "Part-time work may hinder movement on the career ladder and therefore foster a pay gap."Another reason beind the pay gap is that men are more likely to work in leading and technology-related positions, where the average salary is higher, the economist continued. Women are more likely than men to be the ones caring for children and other family members. Namely, the gender pay gap among parents is greater than among employees without children. On average, Estonian … [Read more...] about Swedbank: Estonia’s gender pay gap caused by long parental leave
Hope you had a happy sugar tax day. If you’re a joyless public health campaigner, you’ll be cheering. But if you’re a drinks company, there’s less reason to be cheerful: you’ll now be forced to pay between 18p and 24p for every litre of sugary drink containing more than 5g of sugar you produce or import. And if you’re a sweet-toothed freedom lover, you should be angry. Either your favourite tipple will cost more (50p extra for a large bottle of Coke, for example) or it won’t taste as good: to avoid the levy, many manufacturers have reformulated their drinks. It’s not much-maligned EU regulators but home-grown nanny-staters hitting everyone’s pockets by imposing this sin tax. Small businesses have been granted a reprieve, but will have to register for the tax if they’re successful and increase sales to more than one million litres a year. Hardly an incentive for sales growth. Politicians claim the tax is about protecting … [Read more...] about Guest’s notes: Claire Fox on sugar taxes, gender ratios, comedy clubs and free speech
This past week, all companies with more than 250 employees in the UK were required to file their figures to the UK gender pay gap service, which allows employees to check their company's record. The aim is to force employers to look at the barriers facing women in the workplace. The so-called "gender pay gap" has revealed huge disparities in pay between the sexes, with 80 percent of companies and public sector bodies operating in Britain often paying men more than women, reports Al Jazeera's Neave Barker from London. However, "It's not all down to gender discrimination," says Wendy Olsen, professor of socioeconomics and head of the Department of Social Statistics at the University of Manchester. "There's also the fact of occupational segregation". "So you might be well paid in the job that you're in, but you might have left a better job for having a child and this is very gendered. So, if there are work stereotypes around caring for children, then it's very likely we'll … [Read more...] about What will it take to close Britain’s gender pay gap?