Date of release: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mind the pay gapThe gender pay gap and the impact upon women of a changing labour market will be discussed at a University of Greenwich seminar on Wednesday 20 January.

"While the gap between women's and men's pay has been narrowing, in the last few years there have signs that progress has slowed," says Professor Sian Moore, Director of the university's Work and Employment Research Unit, part of its Business School. "In particular, the gap in the public sector has increased for two years running.

"This seminar offers an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in equality issues to understand what is happening to the gender pay gap in a period of austerity, when we're seeing changes to women's employment and cuts in public sector jobs."

The event is open to all and will feature talks by three experts from, respectively, the Office for National Statistics, the TUC and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. There will be the opportunity for those attending to ask questions.

David Freeman, from the Office for National Statistics, will look at long-term trends in the gender pay gap and in women's participation in the labour market, focusing on the impact of the recent downturn and recovery. He has worked as a statistician at ONS in a number of roles including business prices, production statistics and earnings.

Sally Brett, Senior Employment Rights Officer at the TUC, will examine the government's proposals for gender pay gap reporting and the impact this is likely to have on achieving greater equality.

Dr Monica Ciosta Dias, a senior research economist at the Institute of Fiscal Studies, will speak about her studies of human capital dynamics and the wage gap. Her current research is assessing the role of education and employment policies in ensuring economic wellbeing.

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