Would UK care workers be so badly paid if most of them were men?

Just a thought that used to occur to me during my many years working in front-line care and support work. At the very least, all care workers should be paid the Real Living Wage – currently £9.00 per hour and £10.55 per hour in London.

Due in April 2019, the recently announced increase of the government’s Living Wage (which is not actually based on what employees and their families need to live, former chancellor George Osborne pulled a dishonest fast one there) to £8.21 per hour (which excludes workers under 25, age 21-24 workers will go up to £7.70 per hour) is NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

Care work is important and often very tough work. The people doing it need to be able to afford to live. Seems reasonable?