Little Progress In Closing Age Pay Gaps

According to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2007 from the Office of National Statistics, the average gross weekly earnings for men working full-time aged 50-59 were 6.9 % lower than those for men aged 40-49 (£653.00 Vs £701.30 per week). This represents a drop of 0.4% in the differential between the two age groups over the past year. However the gap in pay between the 40-somethings and those aged 60+ was up by 1.3% over the past year to 22.3% (at £701.30 Vs £546.00)

For women, the average gross weekly earnings for those working full-time aged 50-59 were 8.5% lower than those for women aged 30-39 (£473.90 Vs £518.10 per week) whilst they were 17.4% lower for those aged 60+ at £428.40 per week.

The figures were based on earnings in April this year.

The information reinforces the chances that we’ll not only see challenges under the Age Regulations to the National Minimum Wage from younger workers doing the same job as their older colleagues but receiving less pay – we can also expect workers at the other end of the ‘age spectrum’, to bring claims when they are being treated less favourably pay-wise than ‘prime age’ colleagues for doing the same, or similar, work.

Posted by, Asif Yusuf



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