He added: “I’ve had lots of women reporting to me or coming in to talk to me about their careers – either for general guidance or employees of companies where I’ve been working. I have never, ever had a woman ask for a pay rise.
“There isn’t a list long enough for all the men who’ve asked. Lots of men have trooped into my office saying they are under-paid but no woman has ever done that.”
He said that he believes that many chief executives would tell the same story: “It is far more common for men to ask for more money than it is for women.”
All of the academic research into this does show that women ask less often and less aggressively when they do.
Female BBC stars complaining that they are paid less than their male colleagues “let it happen” by failing to ask for a pay rise, the Government’s equality tsar has suggested.
Sir Philip Hampton, who co-chairs a Government-commissioned review into the treatment of women in the UK’s biggest companies, said he had “never, ever had a woman ask for a pay rise”.
Nice to see they appointed someone who knows the subject isn’t it?
MPs said the comments by Sir Philip, chairman of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, were “astonishingly ill-judged” and “heap insult on injustice”.
Distressing how many of our rulers don’t like science, isn’t it?