Women earn as much as men - until they have children
Women in their twenties now earn the same as men the same age.
The pay gap comes into force when men and women enter their thirties, with men earning 7% more, according to research from the Office for National Statistics. In their forties, men earn 20% more.
These pay differentials coincide with women having a family, with many taking time out of their careers, or choosing to work part time.
If women remain single they are likely to go on to earn more than single men over the course of their careers.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, these findings have led free-market economists to argue that the pay discrimination no longer exists, and differentials are due to women choosing to downshift after children.
However, the Government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission said that women may still be paid less than men for the same job. They also expressed concern that women with children take low-paid jobs because choices for flexible working are still limited.