04/11/2005

Report finds women still earning less than men

Women in Northern Ireland continue to receive less income than men, although the difference is narrowing, a new report has claimed.

'Individual Incomes Series, Northern Ireland 2003/04', a report published by the Department for Social Development today, highlights the fact that the average income for women in 2003/04 was £162 compared to the average male income of £251. This is a decrease of £5 on the gap between the genders recorded in average incomes in 2002/03.

The report also revealed that while separated women received the highest female incomes during the year at £213 per week, it was co-habiting men who received the highest male income at £312 per week.

The number of people recorded as having no income has also fallen from 52,000 people to 28,000.

The 'Individual Income Series' provides analyses of the weekly individual income of men and women in Northern Ireland by family type, source of income, age, marital status and employment status.

This is the second report in the series, using information from the 2003/04 Family Resources Survey which asked a sample of 1917 households across Northern Ireland a wide range of questions about their circumstances.

(MB/SP)

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