Target needed to tackle pay

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THE next government should ensure there is a UK target for reducing the gender pay gap, the CBI has said.

The business group is calling for a commitment from the next government on a national target to bring the issue of the gender pay gap sharply into focus, in the same way the Lord Davies review has shone the spotlight on women on boards.

Reaching the target would then require progress in the areas which have a real impact on equal pay, such as improved careers guidance in schools and more understanding of flexible working.

Katja Hall, CBI deputy director-general, said: ‘Gender should not define what people earn and we need to put equal pay firmly into the spotlight.

‘Currently, too many areas of work – often those with high pay potential – are seen as male-dominated, with women steered away from options that would give them better access to higher pay and seniority.’