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April 8 2019

The gender pay gap could be reduced and it would be a great step. About 5 years ago I was in charge of hiring at a reasonably large local employer. I needed seven staff and after interviews decided the best qualified people for the positions were 5 men and two women.

At the initial interviews I asked what sort of hourly rate they wanted - the five men all said between $25 to $28 per hour which was at the top end of market rates for the industry at the time. On the other hand one of the woman wanted $18-20 and the other $21-$22. Because I was also required to keep wage costs down I haggled rates with everyone and guess what - most of the men got about $24-$25 and the two woman got $21 and $22. The staff member who only wanted $18-$19 was extremely happy when I offered her $21.

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