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Working Fathers Receive Pay Rise According to Study

Research from the TUC and an independent think tank has found that worker fathers receive on average, a 21% pay rise during parenthood.

The study, which investigated more than 17,000 employees, found that full-time men who had children had a “21% wage bonus” by the time they were 42 years-old in comparison to men who did not have children at the same age. While the reasons for the rise are not known, the BBC stated that factors such as hours worked, increased efforts and positive discrimination. On average, fathers with children tended to work one hour more than those without a child.

Is There a Parental Pay Gap?

The rate that fathers are paid increase not just in the UK however with a separate US study finding that men who had children were likely to obtain a 16% increase. As well as an increase in the amount being paid to staff, the report also found that male CVs from fathers were scored higher than almost identical CVs from non-fathers. Furthermore, women were more likely to be marked down in CV scores if they had a child.

While the benefits of having a children were clear for male workers, the same cannot be said for mothers who, on average, suffered a wage penalty of 11% in comparison to those who did not have children. Women who had a child spent on average, an hour less than those without children, however, some experts estimate that the maternity leave and the loss of skills over such a period could be one of the factors that leads to a reduction in wages for those with children.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It says much about current attitudes that men with children are seen as more committed by employers while mothers are still often treated as liabilities

The research into the gender pay gap found that: "Financial considerations will be a major factor in decisions about who works and who cares.

“The low statutory pay available during shared parental leave will mean the highest earners - who are disproportionately male - go back to work by default, further entrenching gender gaps in employment, pay, and representation."

Data from the Office of National Statistics has claimed that in the last year the gender pay gap has fallen by 0.2% due to a number of initiatives from the UK government to eradicate wage inequality.

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Although some steps have been taken to try and reduce the gender pay gap and inequality in the workplace, sadly, the gender pay gap remains. Many people are discriminated against due to their gender whether it be in regards to wages, promotions or even how they are treated in their place of work.

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