Women seek pay rises as much as men – they just get turned down more

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Research from Cass Business School, the University of Warwick and the University of Wisconsin, suggests women do ask for pay-rises as often as men but aren’t as successful. Men are are 25 per cent more likely to get a raise when they ask.

The report goes against previous suggestions that women were reluctant to ask for a pay-rise.

Why are women not getting pay rises?

There could be a number of factors at pay but one of the authors of the study suggests pure discrimination is a factor.

“We didn’t know how the numbers would come out. Having seen these findings, I think we have to accept that there is some element of pure discrimination against women.”

Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick

Younger women do better 

The report also suggests that younger women fair better when seeking a pay-rise than older women.

This study potentially has an upside. Young women today are negotiating their pay and conditions more successfully than older females, and perhaps that will continue as they become more senior.

Dr Goodall, Cass Business School, City, University of London.

Download report: Do women ask?

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