7 June 2016

Last week, girls were heard on the radio complaining that they received less pocket money than boys, while the University of Essex agreed to raise female professors' pay, to bring their average salaries level with their male colleagues.

With evidence of discrimination at both ends of the pay scale, therefore, it is not surprising that a new report from Glassdoor Economic Research ranks the UK among the poor performers when it comes to workplace equality.

In the UK, for example, the gender pay gap increases by 14% when women have children, while in the Netherlands that figure is 8% and in Italy, Spain and Belgium it is no higher than 3%.

With Sweden, Norway and Finland leading the way, the UK is down below average in areas of gender equality including employment rates and labour force participation.

For the gender gap in employment by job type, the UK does particularly badly as regards professional and technical positions and board membership, although it does score well when it comes to female representation in managerial roles.

"Which countries in Europe have the best gender equality in the workplace?", a report ranking 18 countries using Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and Eurostat data, can be found here.

Overall, Greece, Italy and Ireland ranked as having the lowest overall gender equality in the workplace.