Women still facing Huge earnings and promotion gap

WOMEN earn as much as £8,000 a year less than men in some parts of the region, the statistics reveal.

Figures show the average man working in Wakefield earns £27,284, while women earn only £19,082.

Significant gender gaps exist across the region, our analysis reveals.

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Meanwhile the Government yesterday wrote to the country’s top company bosses urging them to increase the number of women in their boardrooms.

Business Secretary Vince Cable and Home Secretary Theresa May have sent letters to the chief executives of firms in the FTSE 350 highlighting the business case for gender diversity.

Firms were encouraged to follow a recommendation from a recent report by former Trade Minister Lord Davies of a September deadline to set targets for increased gender diversity on their boards, with a suggested minimum figure of 25 per cent.