A new YouGov survey has found that women over 30 are significantly less likely than men over 30 to ask for a pay rise and to be awarded a pay rise as a result of a request.
In the 18- to 29-year-old age bracket, 60% of women and men polled said they had never requested a pay rise. Of those who had made a request, 16% of women and 18% of men had been successful.
However, in the 30- to 39-year-old category, 60% of women had never asked for a pay rise compared to 45% of men. Of those who had made a request, 19% of women had been successful compared to 31% of men. This disparity largely persisted throughout all subsequent age categories.
Jemima Olchawski, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, suggested that, as women have children, they are more likely than men to require flexibility at work and may feel less able to ask for a pay rise in addition to that.