David Frost, said: "The BCC welcomes the report from the Women and
Work Commission. The report underlines the importance of addressing
the problems and economic costs of gender pay discrimination in the
workplace. Business is committed to ensuring that sexism in the
workplace is eradicated and that all employees are paid equally for
the job they do.
"With gender pay barriers costing
the UK economy between £15bn and £23bn, it is essential that the
Government and business work together to ensure that all employees
perform to the top of their full potential and are not held back by
any form of discrimination.
"The BCC fully supports promoting
the supply of better information to employers to improve workplace
practices. We are in favour of removing stereotypical choices within
the education system and improving the careers advice system so that
all options are presented equally to young people. We strongly
support the promotion of vocational skills recommended by the
Commission to help address the long standing “parity of esteem”
issue within education. There must also be a drive to increase the
number of female entrepreneurs.
"We must also work to improve the
availability of quality and affordable childcare. The Government has
made progress in this area but there is still much to be done with
significant regional variations in the quality of care available.
More help is also needed to help support parents with the costs of