By Jonathan Davies

The majority of women who work part time are paid less than the living wage, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

The TUC said women working part time earn less than the living wage in more than 50 local authorities across the UK.

For every pound earned by men working full-time, women working part-time only earn 66p, a 34.2% gap.

The TUC described the pay gap as "scandalous", but business lobby group CBI said employers "work hard to ensure they comply with the law" and said "the living wage is simply not affordable for many firms".

"Women are bearing the brunt of growing in-work poverty across Britain today," said TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady.

The living wage is an amount determined to be enough to cope with the cost of living. The living wage is £7.65, compared to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) of £6.31. The living wage for London is £8.80, due to the higher cost of living.

"It is illegal to pay someone less for a job because of their gender, or because they work part-time. Companies work hard to ensure they comply with the law," said Rob Wall, CBI head of education and employment policy.

"The national minimum wage is set by the independent low pay commission to ensure wages rise for low paid workers without costing jobs. The living wage is simply not affordable for many firms."

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