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Mothers can suffer detriment at work

Deciding to have a child can have a negative impact on a woman’s career prospects, according to a report from the OECD.

The report says that despite the gains made in women’s educational attainment and their greater participation in the labour force, women still face inequality in terms of working hours, conditions of employment and earnings.

Men earn 16% more on average than women in OECD countries, with the gender pay gap rising to 21% at the top end of the pay scale. The gender pay gap is highest in families with children – 22% compared to 7% for couples without children.

"Closing the gender gap must be a central part of any strategy to create more sustainable economies and inclusive societies,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “The world’s population is ageing and this challenge can only be mastered if all the talent available is mobilised. Governments should make further progress in the access and quality of education for all, improve tax and benefits systems, and make childcare more affordable, in order to help women contribute more to economic growth and a fairer society."

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