As the debate about the gender pay gap rages on, a study has revealed that those who identify as ‘gender neutral’ actually reap the benefits of the highest pay.
Many feminist theorists have propagated the idea that women in the US and Western Europe get paid 20% less than men for doing the same job, regardless of any conceivable variable.
But workers who identify as having “no gender” are actually paid 27% more than the mean average of men and women’s wage, according to a new study.
“When I heard that women cost less than men, I was worried that my company would fire me to save money,” said IT consultant Steve Dronsfield.
“Even though they showed no signs of implementing this change, I decided to play it safe and just tick ‘gender neutral’ on my personnel form.
“Next thing I know, I’m called into the office to receive a 25% bonus and a pat on the arse! Result.”
The study also revealed how ‘gender fluidity‘ can be an advantage in negotiating higher salaries.
“When I want to ask for a pay rise, I’ll identify as a man,” said Management Consultant Sally Hudderston.
“But my husband and I are trying for a baby next year so I’ll probably identify as female in order to get full maternity leave.”