Gender pay gap widest at the age of 50
The gender pay gap is widest when a woman reaches 50, at an average of more than £8,400 a year, according to a study.
Full-time female workers are paid less than men at every stage of their career from when they turn 18, research by the TUC showed.
The average 18 to 21-year-old woman working full-time starts her career on the back foot financially, earning £1,845 less than her male peers, the study discovered.
The gap widens to more than £2,300 for 22 to 29-year-olds, and leaps from £3,670 a year at the age of 30 to £7,400 a year for women in their 40s.
The TUC said that this reflected the impact of motherhood on women's earnings, when women find they are only able to return to work in lower-paid roles or cannot progress their careers after having moved to part-time employment.
The research was published in advance of the gender pay reporting deadline of April 4.