Women regard lack of parity in pay scales as a major form of sexual discrimination. In a recent survey by Alexander Lloyd of women in accountancy, insurance and general business occupations, almost half the women interviewed working in the general business sector cited lower pay or pay scales for women as a major issue for working women. More than one in five women said that within their company equal pay does not apply to both sexes.
The survey shows that women definitely lose out in the job promotion race to their male counterparts. Six in ten women overall felt they lose out to men when it comes to promotion (four in ten in accountancy, seven in ten in the general business sector, and six in ten in insurance).
Men still dominate top management positions with the chief executive or top financial officer being male in 72% of the companies in which the women surveyed work. The situation was nearer an even balance for women in accountancy where 46% of the top positions were held by women.
Comments Karen Cole, Director of Alexander Lloyd:
"Inequality of pay is still a major problem identified by women to a similar degree in our research whether they work in general business, accountancy or insurance. The research showed it is the next most important issue behind flexible working hours and male attitudes towards women at work. Perhaps research views might be an indicator that inequality may occur over a period of long service to an employer, where pay differences can often be hidden.
"Despite legislation on equal pay for workers doing the same job it still appears to be difficult for women to achieve parity in many sectors. It is also linked in some instances to overall male attitudes towards women who feel they are often classed as little more than receptionists. That and the demands of home and family on women workers seems to make them less than equal in the office environment."