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Women in their 20s 'earn more than men'

By Ian Jones

The gender pay gap has been reversed for women in their 20s, but female salaries remain overtaken by men in later life.

Data compiled by the Press Association showed that, between the age of 22 and 29, a woman will typically earn £1,111 more than her male counterparts.

Using data from the Office for National Statistics, the Press Association analysed the comparative earnings of men and women between 2006 and 2013.

While women in their 20s came out top in the earning stakes, the story was vastly different for workers in their 30s.

A man turning 30 in 2006 would have brought in on average £8,775 more than a woman of the same age by 2013.

Ann Pickering, HR director at O2, said: "While women are earning slightly more than men in their 20s, they are still overtaken by men later in life - and the reason is simple. Women are playing catch-up when it comes to reaching senior well-paid positions."

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