Gender equality ‘still 17 years away’

Gender equality in the workplace is still 17 years away, according to Right Management, part of the ManpowerGroup.

The research found that millennial women up to the age of 34, are the most pessimistic as to the rate of change and think it will take 22 years to achieve gender equality in the work force. Millennials referred to those up to the age of 34.

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Ian Symes is the General Manager at Right Management UK & Ireland, said: “Can we really afford to wait another generation until women have the same opportunities in the workplace as men?”

“Millennials have the most potential to drive new behaviours around the treatment of women in the workplace but for them to feel inspired enough to act, they need to know a level playing field is within reach.”

However, male ‘baby boomers’ think it could be as soon as 14 year.

Tom Castley, VP of Xactly EMEA: “The gender pay gap is an on-going battle, and this latest finding that gender equality in the work place is an average of 17 years away is concerning.

“In London alone, where women earn on average £7,000 less than their male counterparts and gain almost half of what men do in bonuses – women only get 16 per cent of their salary compared to 23 per cent for men.

“Eradicating the gender pay gap should be a priority for every UK business and the announcement of requiring transparency of paid bonuses is a welcome first step to tackling this challenge on a business front.”

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