JRF response to the Women and Equalities Commission’s second report into the gender pay gap

Speaking after the launch of the Women and Equalities Commission’s second report into the gender pay gap yesterday, Claire Turner, Head of Policy and Research at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

"Women will continue to earn less until the government takes more action to break down the barriers that are holding them back. I’m very pleased that the commission has considered JRF’s evidence which shows that this can't happen without a focus on low paid sectors like care, retail and cleaning, where many women work. These sectors have been left out of policy making for too long - we need to recognise that increasing skills, pay and progression in these industries is vital both for cutting the pay gap and for protecting the long-term health of the UK economy.

"Half of households living in poverty in the UK have at least one person in work. An industrial strategy for low paid sectors would drive home their importance to the economy and could help to cut the pay gap, reduce working poverty and boost productivity."