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Progress on equal pay is ‘grinding to a halt’

Progress on closing the pay gap between men and women appears to be "grinding to a halt" according to new research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Its latest figures show there was an average gender pay gap of 16.4% in 2009.

The gap was wider in older age groups with women over 40 earning an average of 27% less than men of the same age.

People from ethnic minorities also earned less than the average for other workers. Pakistani men earned 13% less than what might be expected while Bangladeshi men earned 21% less.

The figures were compiled as part of a three yearly assessment introduced under the Equality Act. The Act updates and streamlines legislation to prevent discrimination.

The Commission’s figures show that while there have been major improvements in terms of equality, there is still a long way to go before women and some ethnic minority groups enjoy the same pay rates as others in the workforce.

Anyone who fears they are being paid less than they deserve simply because of their sex or their race is entitled to take legal action to enforce their rights.

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