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Employee tolerance of the gender pay gap is wearing thin, according to new figures that claim over two-thirds would look for another job as a direct result of pay inequality.

The ADP Workforce View in Europe study found that with the second gender pay gap reporting deadline fast approaching, nearly a quarter (23%) of employees in the UK believe their organisation should introduce gender pay gap reporting.

The annual survey, which polled 10,000 workers across Europe, found that 68% would consider looking for another job if figures showed there was a pay gap at their organisation.

Millennials feel most strongly about the pay gap with 81% saying they would move jobs if they found out their employer was paying men more than women.

Meanwhile, Italian workers are most likely to leave in protest (73%) followed by the UK and Spain (68%).

Jeff Phipps, managing director at ADP UK, said: "The Workforce View report shows that workers' attitude towards inequality is changing, especially when it comes to the gender pay gap. Employees are prepared to vote with their feet, risking a severe engagement, performance and reputational issues for the companies concerned.

"Despite widespread calls for change, the gender pay gap appears deeply ingrained in workplaces in the UK, and the best way to move the needle is to approach it from a social, political and organisational perspective. Communities, the government and companies need to work together to redefine gender roles in society; provide politics that nurture and prepare women for positions of power and businesses should design a workplace that works for everyone and ensure that women are getting a fair chance to progress in their career."