Working mothers are worth less than men – REALLY?

Following the report on Sky news regarding Nigel Farage and his comments about equal pay we ask for your thoughts on his comments!

 

Women who work in the City and have children are worth less than men, Nigel Farage has claimed as he addressed the issue of equal pay. The UKIP leader said that he did not believe there was sexual discrimination in the City because women who were “prepared to sacrifice the family life” could do just as well as men.

 

Mr Farage, who worked at a brokerage for nearly 20 years before entering politics, said that when he first worked in the City it was a “deeply sexist thing” but that it was no longer the case.

 

Speaking at a question and answer session on the European Union, Mr Farage admitted he was going to be “controversial” on the issue of equal pay. He went on to say: “In many cases women make different choices in life to the ones men make, simply for biological reasons. A woman who has a client base, has a child and takes two or three years off – she is worth far less to her employer when she comes back than when she went away because that client base won’t be stuck as rigidly to her portfolio”

 

He continued: “I don’t believe that in the big banks and brokerage houses and Lloyds of London and everyone else in the City, I do not believe there is any discrimination against women at all “I think young, able women that are prepared to sacrifice the family life and stick with their career will do as well if not better than men.”

 

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman responded to Mr Farage’s comments with disbelief. She told Sky News: “To see a row of men sitting there and one of them saying that women are worth less to their employers than men are and it’s because they take time off to look  after children, I think is absolute rubbish. There is not a single business or public service in this country which would still have the lights on if women weren’t there at work.”

 

For the full story and to see the video of Mr Farage see the full article at Sky news website

 

Do you agree that if you take time out to have children employers see you as less valuable to them due to contacts and knowledge being out of date? Or do you think that taking time out to have children has increased your ability to multi-task and to give projects your full attention? Are you now able to complete a task in a quicker time and to be able to carry out your work in less time than your male counterparts? Let us know your thoughts below.

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