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Gender pay gap twice as large for women in their 50s

Women in their 50s earn nearly a fifth less than men of the same age - the widest gender pay gap of any age group - according to a recently published TUC analysis.

The TUC analysis of the pay and jobs of women over the age of 50 shows that despite a dramatic rise in the number of women working past 50, low pay and pensioner poverty remain major concerns for them as they approach retirement.

A woman in her 50s working full-time currently earns £11.99 per hour – 18% less per hour than a man of a similar age (£14.69). This compares to a 10% gender pay gap across the workforce as a whole. Women in their 50s also earn less than women in their 30s (£14.17) and 40s (£12.93).

But the TUC analysis shows that full-time earnings only tell half the story, with half all women over 50 employed in part-time work. The average hourly part-time wage for a woman in her 50s is just £8.53 - a third less than the average full-time wage across the UK workforce (£12.76). The majority of women over 50 in part-time work earn less than £10,000 a year.

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