A gender pay gap between men and women who do the same job does not exist, according to a report which also found the “glass ceiling” is the real reason why women receive smaller pay packets than men.
The study, by human resources firm Hay Group, analysed over 8 million workers in 33 different countries and found that women working in the same job function and at the same level within UK firms, on average are paid just 0.8pc less than their male equivalents.
Across Europe the gender pay gap is slightly wider, but still negligible, with men paid 1.6pc more than their female counterparts.
But when comparing remuneration between the genders overall, conversely the study found that men are paid vastly more than women.
And so to the important question. Is this because of discrimination by employers or discrimination by women? If the second, not only what might we do about it but why should we do anything at all?