The Resolution Foundation has found that part-time work ‘has become more fairly split by gender’, leading to ‘a decline in the proportion of male middle-earners’, leading to a ‘hollowing out of the male workforce’. At the same time, the share of men earning less than £175 per week (a third of the typical male weekly wage) has increased by 70 per cent since 1997, while ‘top earners’ have grown by 15 per cent (‘Fall in male middle earners as more men work part-time’, Telegraph Business News, January 15, 2018).

While there is an endless supply of virtue signalling about ‘gender equality in the boardroom’ from the higher echelons of business, no one seems prepared to admit that to achieve this version of ‘equality’ other men lower down in the pecking order must pay the price – this story could equally be entitled ‘Rise in female middle earners means a decline in male middle earners’.

A wonderful idea – ‘equality’ – has led to the dismal reality that couples struggling to maintain a decent standard of living must juggle work between them, even when many mothers would prefer to devote their time to child-rearing and many fathers would prefer to do what they do best – engage in paid work.

Clearly those in the upper earnings bracket are in no rush to emulate the middle earners in this respect, but it is now official policy to promote the Marxist idea of rigid artificial equality over natural human welfare. Naturally the welfare of children – who are even further down the pecking order – does not count at all.

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