Pursuit of different career paths the main reason for gender pay gap, study says
The different careers followed by men and women is the main reason behind the gender pay gap, according to a new study.
Research by jobs site Glassdoor found a "significant" difference between the pay of men and women in the UK, United States, Australia, Germany and France.
The biggest factor was said to be the different occupations and industries chosen by women and men.
Women were also more likely to work in lower-paid jobs such as childcare.
Dr Andrew Chamberlain of Glassdoor commented: "The gender pay gap is real. Women and men tend to pursue different career paths early in life and then sort into different industries and occupations."
The research follows a report by MPs accusing the Government of failing to take action to cut the gender pay gap, warning that barriers to women getting a well-paid job will continue.
The Women and Equalities Select Committee said the Government was "complicit" in a system that was undermining productivity and maintaining the difference between the pay of men and women.
The 19.2% difference in pay for full- and part-time workers had remained the same for four years, with women aged between 50 and 57 facing a differential of 27%, said the report.