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Gender pay gap narrows

MPs hear that British universities are reducing the gap between the salaries of male and female employees.

A strong commitment to social justice has helped to diminish discrepancies in earnings between men and women working in higher education, a Commons committee has heard.

Helen Fairfoul of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association told the Commons committee on women and equalities: "Attention has been paid to issues around equal pay. The push came from the new pay, grading and framework agreement that was introduced way back in 2005. That led to evaluation of roles across the board and the commitment to deliver equal pay for work of equal value.

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