Plaid Cymru outlines proposals to break down gender pay barriers.

Ensuring the Women of Wales Reach their Potential — A report by Chwarae Teg on behalf of Jocelyn Davies AM. Published March 2015.

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Plaid Cymru has outlined proposals to bring down gender pay barriers and help women reach their potential. Discussing a report commissioned by Plaid Cymru, the party’s Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth highlighted three key concerns regarding.

The Party of Wales Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth said:

Despite progress, women continue to face barriers which prevent them from making a full contribution to the economy. Women earn on average around 20% less than men, and many are forced to take up jobs that are below their skillset.

That’s why we need to increase awareness of new ways of working and help employers find ways of working that work for both them and their employees.

This research published today by Plaid Cymru shows that a lack of confidence is a key factor mentioned by three-quarters of women who felt that there were gender barriers preventing them reaching the top level of management.

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM believes that this is a problem that we need to address by giving women role models and helping raise awareness of the variety of career paths available to them.

Part-time work?

Chwarae Teg’s study of women’s roles in the Welsh workplace found that whilst women are more highly qualified than men overall they were also more likely to be working in low-paid part-time roles. This situation is found across the UK where women were holding 77% of part-time jobs in October 2014.

Many women are unable to find work that matches their skills and abilities because flexible and part-time opportunities are more prevalent in low-skilled roles.

A substantial minority of women in Chwarae Teg’s study ( 28% ) felt that their skills and experience were not fully used.

This was especially true for those in lower level jobs and working part-time.

More than half ( 59% ) of women surveyed said that they would prefer not to stay in their current job which suggests that support to move into better roles would increase their job satisfaction and personal well-being.

A Fawcett Society report on women in the labour market supports this claim:

Women looking for part-time or flexible work face far more competition than they otherwise would when seeking full-time roles, meaning that they often either give-up looking or settle for jobs which pay below market price for their skill set.

Download this report ( 2013 ) [ PDF ].

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Read the full report. Plaid Cymru outlines proposals to break down gender pay barriers: Ensuring women reach their potential.

Fawcett Society website: fawcettsociety.org.uk.

Fawcett Society report ( 2013 ) [ PDF ] on women in the labour market.