Mrs May began her remarks by saying that "women earn on average 17.2% less than men" although David Cameron noted that this reflected a number of factors: "Career choices. Different levels of education. The need many women have to seek flexible and part time work. And outright discrimination. There is a complex range of causes of the pay gap – and we need to address all of them."
Mrs May promised action on five fronts:
- "Compulsory pay audits for employers who are found to be guilty of discrimination
- A new ‘reasonableness’ test for the ‘material factor’ defence – tightening existing law
- An extension to the right to request flexible working to all parents of children aged eighteen or younger
- New measures to help women into work and up the careers ladder
- Support for young women to make broader and more ambitious career choices."
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