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Northern Ireland women paid £2,000 a year less than men

By John Mulgrew

The gender pay gap in Northern Ireland is the smallest in the UK, but on average women here are still paid almost £2,000 less than men, it emerged today.

A fresh study of earnings from PwC shows that the average female worker in Northern Ireland would need an average 6% wage hike, around £1,900, to achieve parity with men.

PwC's research shows that in Northern Ireland, a significantly higher percentage of women work in public administration, while a greater proportion of men tend to work in lower-paid, traditional industries.

But the pay gap elsewhere in the UK is even greater. In the West Midlands, women earn an average of £7,300 less than men - a 27% difference.

And in London, there is an average gap of £8,000 on average.

PwC's annual 'Women in Work Index' measures levels of female economic activity across 33 countries, based on five indicators.

It shows the UK has surpassed the average performance of both the OECD and G7 economies, due to increasing female employment rates, a narrowing of the gender pay gap and a reduction of the gap between male and female labour force participation rates.

But despite the rate of improvement, the UK still falls behind based on the number of women workers in full-time employment, ranking 30th out of 33 countries.

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