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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Time off for non-parents could close the sex pay gap

One of the talking-class' subjects this weekend is the notion that employed non-parents should enjoy the same paid leave as parents away on maternity / paternity leave. Before you splutter your Yorkshire pudding in rage, consider the equalities effects. 

I'm talking about the pay gap between the sexes. last time I looked at this, it was about 18%. Lefties ascribe the whole 18% to taste discrimination, i.e. misogyny, but this not supported by the economic evidence. Hiring and pay and reward decisions are made by non-discriminating employers on the basis of qualifications, experience and 'y', an 'employability' factor. Thus a man and a woman with the same 2:1 working for the same firm for the same number of years and with equal 'employability' should enjoy the same reward. And very largely they do - the difference attributable to taste discrimination hovers somewhere about 4%. 

So how do we account for the other 14% difference? Simply, women score lower on 'experience' overall on account of spending significant time out of the workforce having children. Our man and women with identical 2:1s are different in this respect; she's had two kids and has spent 2 years at home on maternity leave. He hasn't. She earns less than he does. And the firm is acting perfectly responsibly. 

All that splitting paid time-off between male and female parents will achieve is to remove the sex correlation from lower pay; all parents will be paid less than non-parents. And in a world of perfect equality, the only way to redress the gap is either to allow non-parents to take the same-time out or to abolish maternity / paternity leave altogether. 

Don't bite my head off for summarising a massive area of academic research in a short blog post, please. And no, I won't give academic references - if you want to know, go and do the same Masters that I did. 


Apparently said...

Probably the best way to sort out this conundrum would be to give the politicians, the civil service and their researchers, paid "nonentity leave".

As far as all this equality goes, I am assuming that we are applying this to children too, by ensuring that they both be deprived of their natural parents for equal and steadily increasing amounts of time. We all know that the best way to bring up children is to have 'em and then shuv 'em into nurseries until they reach enforced labour camp (or school) age.

We are not moving fast enough in the conversion of free spirited children into fledgling consumers... More needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

Ultimately all this equality nonsense is to enable women to have it all. The by product of which is that men will get screwed over.

Just another tactic of the globalists to smash society - to put men and women at each others throats instead of being united against those who seek to rule us.

Demetrius said...

Equally, all those pensioners who did not get such benefits during their working lives should be paid compensation for this. It's only fair.

Anonymous said...

I want compo for my father, he never had a day off in his life - self employed for 55 years.

mikebravo said...

I may not be able to have maternity leave, but I demand the "right" to have maternity leave. And I want to be called Loretta!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm......Wanna date Loretta?


Poisonedchalice said...

Nope! We should all be paid the same to stay at home as clients of the state. Oh, hang on a minute, didn't Gordon Brown try that?

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

Compensate men for their4 early deaths.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...


In the socialist paradise of Sweden - the police have had enough"....

One wonders why that might be.

G. Tingey said...

Lefties ascribe the whole 18% to taste discrimination, i.e. misogyny
NOT just "lefties" My ex-NZ "boss" who is a natural leftwing tory would profoundly disagree with you.
This myth that "capitalist" bosses are only interested in the money & to hell with the colour/sex of their employees is, unfortunately wishful thinking.
Would that it were true ....

Anaonymous is either lying, or more likely self-deluded

mikebravo said...


"Anaonymous is either lying, or more likely self-deluded"

Not to mention being a sexist pig!

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Time out, gap years, paternal leave, Jeez.

When did we all become such whinging cry-babies?

What happened to grown-up committment for God's sake?

Budgie said...

Weekend Yachtsman, Do you mind please, you're imposing on my safe space.