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Gender pay gap - gets worse after a woman has kids

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WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Tue 23-Aug-16 12:57:21

It's been all over the news today. There's a pay gap before people have children. But once a woman has a child the gap really starts widening (I think it was 30% ish by the time the eldest is 11).

I'm sure there's a whole host of reasons this is happening but what's the best way to tackle it?

My personal feelings are better part time careers that include decebt career progression. And getting men to do more parenting wise. Making work more family friendly with flexible and shorter hours.
Paid paternity leave to be taken when the mothers maternity leave ends could help.

From my personal view point I see a lot of dads doing pick ups (on the odd occasion dh can't drop off I see dads dropping off too). But there's not many dads who are part time - loads of mums though and that will really affect their pay throughout the whole of their lives.

Just wondering if anyone else has any views?

Timeforabiscuit Tue 23-Aug-16 13:01:48

Its not just the part time question, equally its how far you need to commute. If you can only be x amount of time from a caring responsibility (elderly parents or younger children) it seriously limits your job options.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Tue 23-Aug-16 14:04:34

Good point time

I guess the number of kids you have has an impact too. You can probably afford one in childcare but needing to pay for 3 or more is a fortune and possibly not worth it financially

Dozer Tue 23-Aug-16 22:23:48

I like the Institute of Fiscal Studies stuff generally and it's good they've looked at this.

The comments on the BBC website item about this are vile.

ChocChocPorridge Wed 24-Aug-16 20:08:29

www.bbc.com/news/uk-37164297 I just read the BBC's coverage.

I laughed out loud at the way 'pay women more' was the last idea...

Revolutionary I tell you.

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