Nigel Farage, UKip leader claims that women who take time out to have children are ‘worth less’ to employers than men.
He made these comments during a speech in the City, saying that women can do as well as men, if not better, but only if they are prepared to sacrifice family life.
“In many, many cases, women make different choices in life to the ones that men make simply for biological reasons,” he said. “If a woman has a client base and has a child and takes two or three years off work, she is worth far less to the employer when she comes back than when she goes away because her client base cannot be stuck rigidly to her.”
“I don’t believe that in the big banks and brokerage houses and Lloyds of London and everyone else in the City, I do not believe there is any discrimination against women at all. I think that young, able women who are prepared to sacrifice the family life and stick with their careers do as well, if not better, than men.”
He then compounded these controversial comments during an interview on BBC’s World at One, saying:
“When I was an employer in the City, I would employ people in my brokerage company who I thought could bring in the maximum amount of commission business and people who have a lot of commission business to bring in, well, some can be lucky, but generally people who bring in commission business are people who’ve worked very closely with clients for years and years and years. If you have children and take nine months or a year, or maybe more off, you tend to lose some of that business.
“I think the reality for women in the City is that if they have children it has a very detrimental effect on their future pay prospects.”
Asked whether this was fair, Farage said: “I can’t change biology.”
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