|MOTHERS' PAY LAGS FAR BEHIND MEN|
Aruba, August 23, 2016 - Women who return to work after having a baby fall even further behind men in earning power, a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.
The gap between hourly earnings of the two sexes becomes steadily wider after women become mothers, the IFS says.
Over the subsequent 12 years, women's hourly pay rate falls 33% behind men's.
The IFS says this is partly because women who return to work often do so in a part-time capacity and miss out on opportunities for promotion.
Robert Joyce, one of the IFS report's authors, said women who chose to cut their hours on returning to work were not penalised with an immediate cut in their hourly wages.
However, he said: "Rather, women who work half-time lose out on subsequent wage progression, meaning that the hourly wages of men (and of women in full-time work) pull further and further ahead."
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TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It is scandalous that millions of women still suffer a motherhood pay penalty.
"Many are forced to leave better-paid jobs due to the pressure of caring responsibilities and the lack of flexible working."
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