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Gender pay gap progress dismally slow, says charity

Progress on closing the gender pay gap is "dismally slow", according to equality charity the Fawcett Society.
At the current rate of decline it will take 60 years to eradicate the gap, the charity said.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate that in the year to April 2019, the gender pay gap for full-time workers rose to 8.9% - up from 8.6% the previous year.
But for people under 40, the gap for full-time employees was close to zero.
The gender pay gap is the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women.
In 2012, the gap between what the average full-time female employee earned compared with the average man was 9.5%. This gap had only narrowed to 8.9% in 2019.
The pay gap for all workers fell from 17.8% in 2018 to 17.3% in 2019, and continues to decline, the ONS said.
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