Thursday, 26 June 2008
Part-time women receive 40% less pay than full-time men.
"Part-time women receive 40% less pay than full-time men. Do you think that that's because they are 40% less intelligent, less committed, less hard-working, less qualified? It's not the case."
40% .... this is the figure appearing in the papers, exactly as intended, and its the usual twisted statistics.
So its a 40% pay differential .Why is this a surprise?
The average man, by definition will be on an average wage.
Full time wage is £25,896 or £498 pw or £12.45 per hour [ gov stats 2007]
The average part time worker will be on the average minimum wage.
£10,337 or £198.80 pw or £4.97 per hour. [ confusing as there are 3 rates for minimum wage, but trust me its near enough]
£25,896 x 40% = £10358
So, astoundingly, Ms Harman has discovered that Part Time workers are generally working in the lower paid sectors such as care work, retail, hospitality and areas where no major skills are required. Who would have thought that?
The occupations with the highest earnings in 2007 were 'Health professionals', (median pay of full-time employees of £1,019 a week), followed by 'Corporate managers' (£702) and 'Science and technology professionals' (£670). The lowest paid of all full-time employees were 'Sales occupations', at £264 a week.
So the 40% is a totally fatuous statement. Like saying Apples are 40% rounder than Bananas.
That's not like her at all.....
Much later on, and of course largely unreported, is the actual 12% pay difference between men and woman. This isn't very surprising either considering career breaks, family commitments and the different departments and areas that the respective sexes choose to work in.
PS: Listening to Yvette Cooper on Question Time apparently this is nothing to do with equality really. Certainly nothing to do with "positive discrimination". Reading The Guardian the phrase "positive discrimination" is clearly used. Inverted commas and everything.
Its to allow employers to make the decision that they want to make without fear of facing a tribunal. A tidying up of existing legislation.
It seems a very confusing way to it.
Posted by Bill Quango MP