Law women earn 30% less

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

New York – Men who are partners in top US law firms av­er­age a yearly in­come of nearly $1 mil­lion (R14 mil­lion), while women in the same jobs make a third less money, ac­cord­ing to re­search re­leased on Thurs­day.

The in­come gap be­tween men and women has its roots in how much busi­ness they lure to their firms and their hourly rates, said Ma­jor, Lind­sey & Africa, a le­gal search com­pany that con­ducted the sur­vey.

In the US over­all, women last year work­ing full-time earned 80% of what men earned, ac­cord­ing to com­monly cited data from the US Cen­sus Bureau.

An­other re­cently pub­lished cal­cu­la­tion fac­tor­ing in women who leave and re­turn to the paid work force showed women earn­ing 49 cents for ev­ery man’s dol­lar. At top US law firms, the av­er­age in­come for male partners last year was $959 000 and $627 000 for fe­male partners, the le­gal re­search found.

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