LONDON (24 News) – Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in Britain are paid the least compared to men while white Irish women have overtaken male peers in terms of salaries, according to a study of the gender pay gap by ethnicity on Monday, reported a foreign local agency.
The study released by women’s rights group Fawcett Society found women from almost every minority ethnic group experienced a pay gap with white British men.
Chinese women have managed to reverse the pay gap in the past 20 years and now earn 5 % more
Research by the University of Manchester found Pakistani and Bangladeshi women hardest hit, earning 26 percent less than white British male peers, while black African women had made little progress since the 1990s and earned 20 percent less.
Figures from the UK’s Office of National Statistics show on average women earned about 18 percent less than men in Britain in 2016.
The women who had seen the most progress since the 1990s were white Irish women who are now paid 17.5 percent more than white Irish and British men.
“But this is largely due to generational factors as they are more likely to be older, working full-time or in senior or managerial roles,” Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said in a statement.
Chinese women have also have managed to reverse the pay gap in the past 20 years and are now earning 5 percent more than white British men when working full-time. But they still earn less than Chinese men.
Indian women have seen the gender pay gap with white British men narrow to about 6 percent from 26 percent in the 1990s for those working full-time.