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BT is 'sensitive to the tough economic times'

BT's chief executive has insisted the company is "sensitive to the tough economic times," despite announcing a rise in prices from December.

.BT chief executive John Petter BT was sensitive to tough economic times
BT chief executive John Petter BT was sensitive to tough economic times Credit: PA

John Petter said: "Although some prices have gone up, we want to help our customers to find the best value BT option with Right Plan."

Petter added: "BT is sensitive to the tough economic times and we've taken care to make sure that low-income customers avoid price increases. We've added extra money-saving options for low-income customers and for customers who only want a phone line for calls."

BT prices set to rise by up to 6.5% from December

BT is set to increase prices by up to 6.5%, with landline calls, broadband internet and standard line rental for direct debit customers all set to rise.

BT announced prices will rise by up to 6.5% from December.
BT announced prices will rise by up to 6.5% from December. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The telecoms giant said the pence per minute (ppm) rate for calls to UK landlines and 0870 numbers will go up 6.44% from 9p a minute to 9.58p. The set-up fee for landline calls will increase from 15p to 15.97p.

Broadband prices are going up by as much as 6.49%, although BT said its current "high profile" press and TV broadband offers will stay the same price.

They said the majority of its customers were on inclusive call packages and did not pay the set-up fee or ppm charges, adding that calls bills had "decreased 14% in the last five years".

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More women 'in full-time work than ever before'

The gender pay gap is narrowing, the Minister for Women and Equalities has said, after a report suggested that women managers were getting £9,000 less than men. Nicky Morgan said:

We're committed to delivering a long-term economic plan that works for women. That's why we are giving employees the right to request flexible working as well as introducing shared parental leave, and introducing tax-free childcare - also available for eligible parents who are self-employed.

Women can now make the right choice for them on how to balance work and families. As a result, we're seeing more women in full-time work than ever before and, although the gender pay gap remains too high, it is narrowing and for full-time workers under 40 is almost zero.

– Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities

Gender pay inequality 'worsening' for women managers

Shadow minister for women and equalities Gloria De Piero
Shadow minister for women and equalities Gloria De Piero Credit: PA

Pay inequality is worsening for women managers, the shadow minister for women and equalities said, after a new report suggested that women were being paid £9,000 less than men for management positions.

These figures reveal a depressing picture for women who want to get ahead in their careers.

We should be closing the pay gap for women at all stages of their working lives but instead we see pay inequality worsening for women managers as they progress and for working women across the country.

– Gloria De Piero, Labour

Women 'should be paid depending on performance'

Lower levels of pay for women managers cannot be justified, the chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute has said, after a new report suggested that the pay gap was widening.

Women and men should be paid on the basis of their performance in their particular roles, but this is clearly not yet the case for far too many. It's not right that women would have to work until almost 80 for the same pay rewards as men.

We have to stamp out cultures that excuse this as the result of time out for motherhood and tackle gender bias in pay policies that put too much emphasis on time served.

– Ann Francke, Chartered Management Institute chief executive

Management gender pay gap widens, new report shows

The gender pay gap in management is widening, with women in their 40s earning more than a third less than men, according to a new report.

A survey of 68,000 managers across the UK showed an average pay difference of over £9,000, or 23%, which increased as women got older.

Gender pay gap in management is widening, according to a new report.
Gender pay gap in management is widening, according to a new report. Credit: PA

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) said average bonuses for company directors were also lower for women, at just under £42,000, compared with over £53,000 for men.

A woman would have to work over 14 years more - until they were almost 80 - to earn the same as a male manager over a career, said the report.

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