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Minister: Tackling gender pay gap 'critical' for equality

Women's Minister Nicky Morgan said that the government's gender pay gap league tables is to promote transparency in the workplace.

She said that firms should "think very hard" about female representation in the workplace, particularly in senior positions.

"Why would any company want to miss out on 50 per cent of the talent that is available?" she said in an interview with Good Morning Britain.

She added that as Education Secretary, she wanted to encourage girls to be informed and encouraged in school on subjects that are "traditionally seen as more male dominated."

If we want to see true equality and opportunity, things like attacking the gender pay gap, having that transparency about what companies and public sector organisations are paying their male and female employees is critical in changing some very outdated notions that we still have.

– Minister for Women and Equality, Nicky Morgan
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