Women are rewarded less for loyalty and are paid up to a quarter less than their male colleagues in the most male-dominated occupations according to an analysis of the UK's gender pay gap. In addition to finding a wide range of discrepancies on an occupational level, the ONS analysis also found that women's pay peaks earlier than men's (45 compared to 48 for men in the private sector) and that the gap accelerates sharply when workers enter their 40s. While the ONS ascribe this acceleration to women taking career breaks to have children, the analysis also found that women are rewarded less for job loyalty than men are. For example, a woman who has been in the same job for between five and 10 years earns an average of 8.7% more per hour than a woman who has just started the same job. A man in the same situation earns 13% more than a man with no experience in the role.

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