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News » UK’s women workforce less likely to seek pay rise 

UK’s women workforce less likely to seek pay rise 

women less likely to seek pay rise 

MARLOW, UNITED KINGDOM — Women employees in the United Kingdom (UK) are less inclined to request a pay increase despite the escalating cost of living in the country, said HR software provider Ciphr. 

In a survey of 1,000 individuals, Ciphr revealed that just 26% of women requested a salary raise in July, compared to 36% of men. 

This reluctance also extends to other financial advancements, with women being less likely to ask for bonuses or promotions. 

The survey further revealed that 45% of women felt their earnings reflected their skills and role, whereas 49% of men felt adequately compensated.

The findings point to a “gender ask gap,” where women expect or accept lower wages than their male counterparts, worsening the gender pay disparity. 

Currently, full-time female employees in the UK average £662 (US$842) per week, compared to £801(US$1,019) for males, resulting in a 16% gender pay gap.

Ciphr Chief People Officer Claire Williams voiced concern over this trend, warning that it could lead to women earning less than they deserve. She urged companies to reduce wage discrepancies actively. 

“This isn’t good for them (women), or, in the long-term, their employer, because people who don’t feel valued are much more likely to be looking elsewhere for a new job. And, until this cycle is stopped, it will keep perpetuating pay gaps,” she stated.

Williams’ comment highlights the need for more proactive steps to foster wage equality and close the gender pay gap in the UK.

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