IT’S International Women’s Day tomorrow, held to shine a light on all their political, economic, cultural and social achievements.
Rhiannon Philps, personal finance expert at comparison and financial services website NerdWallet: “The gender pay gap has resulted in a gender savings gap, as women save 35 per cent less than men in the UK.
“If you can build a good habit now, you may not have to dip into an overdraft or use a credit card to manage unexpected costs.
“Draw up a budget so you know how much of your money is needed to cover your bills during each pay period, and try to put away a little each month.”
Victoria Leyton, consumer expert at discount site Hotukdeals: “Women are often paid less than men for an equivalent role and research shows we are less likely to ask for a pay rise.
“Prep for appraisals by speaking to recruiters, researching job adverts and looking on sites such as Glassdoor to see what you should be asking for.
“I have steeled myself for these difficult conversations many times, always with a positive outcome.”
Laura Suter, head of personal finance at investment company AJ Bell: “Government support for parents is often poorly advertised and chronically under claimed.
“Tax-free childcare is the big one, which can give you up to £2,000 a year per child.
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Sarah Coles, head of personal finance at financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown: “Try to keep up pension payments when you go on maternity leave.
“Generally, you make the same percentage contributions, but as a percentage of your maternity pay instead of your full salary.
“Your employer has to make contributions based on full pay, so they keep it up.”
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