LONDON, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Women are more likely to be in low-paying jobs in Britain than men, according to new research.
A total of 22 percent of working women are in low-pay jobs, compared to 14 percent of men, the report Low Pay Britain from the London-based think-tank the Resolution Foundation revealed.
Women are less likely to get out of low pay, are more likely to switch into other low-paying jobs when they do find other work.
"In the bottom half of the pay league men earn more, and in low paid occupations, for example workers in shops, women are still paid less even when people are doing roughly the same jobs," Conor D'Arcy, senior research analyst at Resolution Foundation told Xinhua in a recent interview.
The report's findings of less money for women doing the same jobs as men in lower-paid work matches the headline-grabbing news reports in the British media recently which have highlighted a difference in pay based on gender in high-profile and highly-paid work, for example television newsreaders.
Women who have lower pay have less chance to escape their jobs for better work, and a lot of the better-paying roles even in low-paying sectors are often full-time, which is a challenge that can be insurmountable for women with childcare duties, D'Arcy, the report's author, said.
"Firms should think when designing these jobs, do these jobs need to be full-time. Perhaps they should be more flexible or part-time to make the most of all the talent in the office and give women an equal shot," D'Arcy said.
Government decisions to substantially increase considerably above inflation the legal minimum wage, in 2016 had improved the situation of many millions of workers, regardless of their gender, said D'Arcy.
"The worry has been that a minimum wage will put people out of work and the people who are supposed to be helped by this, will be worse off -- that does not seem to have happened, firms have not cut jobs and we have seen big pay increases for low earners," said D'Arcy.
"Firms, especially restaurants and hotels, have raised prices. That is one way of funding the pay increase," he added.
The report found that the low paid group, earning less than 8.100 pounds an hour (11.46 U.S. dollars) in 2017 accounted for 18 percent of the workforce, its lowest level since 1982.
There are further big rises planned in the minimum wage, said D'Arcy, which will lower the numbers in this lowest-paid group to 15 percent of the workforce by 2020.
D'Arcy said this still amounted to about 4 million people.
"The minimum wage can do a lot -- get rid of exploitative work, improve living standards -- but it is not a solution to low pay," said D'Arcy.