This article in the Guardian about part-time work didn’t really surprise me. Let’s face it, it has just documented what we all know is going on.
What it did do though is remind me (again) why it is so critical that part-time jobs stop being code for “all the other crap that no one else wants to do.”
If you don’t have time to read it all – here are the guts of the article:
Women who work part-time after having children are likely to suffer the extremes of the gender pay gap, according to fresh research showing how working mothers are missing out on pay progression.
By the time a first child has reached the age of 20, mothers earn almost a third less per hour, on average, than similarly educated fathers, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) undertaken for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
and even worse:
The lack of earnings growth in part-time work has a particularly big impact for graduate women because they would typically stand to gain the most from rising levels of pay from remaining in full-time paid work. The report found that the wage gap has not fallen at all in the last 25 years for the highest-educated women due to this trend.
Part-time work matters. Get a great part-time job that pays what you are worth. You won’t just be helping yourself out – you’ll be helping women everywhere.