Bollocks!

Gaaah, I thought we\’d managed to put these lying bastards back in their box:

Despite four decades of equal pay legislation, Britain has one of the worst gender gaps in Europe. Women in the UK are paid 79% of male rates, while across the 27 countries of the European Union the figure is 82%, according to a report earlier this year from Eurobarometer.

Godammit, we\’ve been shouting about this enough. You can only get to 21% gender pay gaps if you include the part time pay gap and the gender pay gap together…..or if you play tricks with mean and median, which the ONS says you mustn\’t do.

But since more women than men work part time this isn\’t really comparing like with like. Further, Britain has more part time working (ie, a more flexible labour market, people being able to do what they\’d like to do) than many or most other EU countries.

So, given that we have more people working part time and given that we are measuring both the part time and gender pay gaps here, of course the gap will be larger in the UK than elsewhere.

Cretins:

Women in the Midlands fare the worst, taking home £10,434 less than men, while those in the north-east fare the best, where the gap is smallest at £8,955.

Pay in general in the NE is lower meaning that the same percentage difference would be smaller as measured in cash.

3 thoughts on “Bollocks!”

  1. “I thought we’d managed to put these lying bastards back in their box”

    . . then you’ll be pleased to know that this was a featured item today on Radio 4 News at 8:00 am on the BBC natch!

  2. The Pedant-General

    @TomJ,

    Are you suggesting that the Today programme is in fact lying deliberately rather than simply being incompetent?

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