Gender pay gap starts with pocket money

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A Halifax survey published earlier this week revealed that boys receive more pocket money per week than girls:

…on average boys are earning £6.41 a week compared to girls pocketing just £6.09 – 5% less, but a narrower gap of 32p this year compared to 40p in 2010. Girls aged 12-15 are only 11p behind the boys, receiving £7.24 a week.

Girls are also slightly more likely to feel they receive the right amount of pocket money than boys (53% v. 48%).

Interestingly, in 2001 girls received an average of 12p more than boys.

Obviously it’s difficult to extrapolate from this survey as so many factors could play in part in the results, but they do suggest some form of (most likely subconscious) sexist bias towards boys or an undervaluing of girls. Apparently girls had to do less for their money ten years ago in terms of household chores – I wonder if this is still the case today? And could the switch from 2001 be linked in some way to the increased gender role policing of young children along traditional lines in the past few years?

Whatever the cause, this backwards step is clearly not good news.

Image by kenteegardin, shared under a Creative Commons Licence.

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