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Wage Disparity Rising PR pay gap despite increase in female bosses

THE gender pay gap for workers in PR and communications has grown despite a rising number of female bosses, industry insiders claimed yesterday.

A study conducted by industry bodies PRCA and PRWeek reported that the gap has grown from 17.8 per cent in 2016 to 21 per cent this year, the equivalent of £11,364 — or £2,253 more than in 2016.

Although there has been a 7 per cent increase in woman managing directors, this is not improving conditions for ordinary female employees.

Fiona Swarbrick, a senior organiser for PR workers’ union the NUJ, said she was “saddened but not surprised” by the wage disparity.

“While some positive ideas are coming through, such as improvements in flexible working, it seems that nobody will address the elephant in the room," she said.

“It is the lack of pay transparency which allows pay inequality to flourish undetected.”

Ms Swarbrick urged PR workers to contact the NUJ to help fight this inequality.

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