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Pledge to fix gender gap

Date 6 Sep 2007

The pay gap among male and female managers has widened for the first time in 11 years. Latest statistics from the Chartered Management Institute, which surveyed more than 42,000 UK managers, found women averaged £43,571 last year, while the men averaged £49,647.

The pay gap had been shrinking, down from 13.6% of earnings in 2003 to 11.8% in 2005. But, last year, it widened to 12.2% among managers of all grades - with the gap at director level widening from 20% to 23%.

A spokeswoman for the Government Equalities Office said: "The Minister for Women, Harriet Harman, has acknowledged that much more needs to be done to tackle unequal pay. Her priorities for women will include pressing forward with the Government's commitment to reduce the pay gap between men and women. She has pointed out is that this is both unfair in principle but also prevents women from fulfilling their opportunities at work."

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