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Smaller firms should be made to report gender pay gaps, MPs say


Dear AJ, You are a great publication. Please stop pedalling this rubbish about the gender pay gap. Fair enough to report what MPs are proposing, but please take the time to understand the issue in a little more detail; as journalists you have a professional duty to point out when their proposals are daft, which you do very well on a great many other topics. A GCSE maths student is smart enough to understand why the statistics of this are totally wrongheaded. Correlation is not causation. Mean average hourly pay is not a good measuring device. It is misleading and overly simplistic. And also there is no such thing as the same job in 99% of cases. And even if there was, supply and demand vary. A firm desperately in need of a particular level of employee (say because of a new project win) will always be willing to pay more at that time than the same firm when it has just lost a project. The job market is exactly that, a market for labour. I do hope as responsible and intelligent professionals you will present the flaws in the gender pay gap argument clearly to your readers and let them make up their minds for themselves.

Posted date

3 August, 2018

Posted time

2:12 pm


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