Overtime fails to boost fortunes.
Working overtime to keep on top of your workload might impress your
boss, but it won't improve your bank balance, especially if
you're a woman, according to research by Abbey National. Just over
half of men are paid for nights spent burning the midnight oil, compared
with a third of women. And this inequality is reflected in overall
wages. The average weekly wage for men in the UK is 440 [pounds
sterling], more than 100 [pounds sterling] higher than the average wage
for women, which is 325 [pounds sterling]. But despite these
inequalities, women claim to be happier at work than men, and more than
a quarter of women are so happy doing their job that they do not want to
give up work to start a family. When couples do decide to have children,
the woman is still far more likely to give up her career to become a
full-time parent. Only 3 per cent of men, compared with 26 per cent of
women, leave work to look after the family. Even when the children are
old enough to go to school, they usually remain the woman's
responsibility. When children fall ill, over half of women, compared
with g per cent of men, are forced to miss a day at the office to look
after them. "We may think we're moving towards workplace
equality, but our findings show that it's still some way off,"
says Janet Connor, retail marketing director at Abbey National.
"What's interesting is that, despite the disparities, women
are still happier in their working lives than men."