GENDERED PAY GAP
Sir, Tim Worstall is wrong to claim that the pay gap is not gendered and is instead due to parenting (Thunderer, Jan 4). The gap begins the moment women start work. Young Women’s Trust research found that young women apprentices get eight per cent less than men. Across all subjects, male graduates out-earn women within five years of completing their degree.
Worstall also attributes the gap to men and women working in different jobs: men become pilots, women air stewards — another gendered issue. There are more male pilots because it is harder for women to break in to industries that are dominated by men because of stereotypes, discrimination and men’s networks.
If 2018 is to be the year of women’s equality, let’s start by recognising the inequalities women face.
Chief executive, Young Women’s Trust
So, it is because men and women are doing different jobs then?