Girls Get More Pocket Money Than Boys

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

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Girls have triumphed in the battle of the sexes – at least as far as the amount of pocket they receive is concerned.

A year ago, they were receiving £5.79 per week - 37p less than the lads. But now they've leap-frogged the boys and, at the age of 17, earn 57 higher than for boys; £20.25 as opposed to £18.23; a trend that is not necessarily replicated in working life.

One-off payments for both boys and girls increased rapidly in later teen years , with average one-off payments standing at £23 at age 16, increasing to £39 at age 17 and then peaking at £126 when boys and girls were 18, perhaps due to increased payments for milestone 18th birthday parties and expensive presents to accompany.

Louise Hill, COO and Founder of goHenry, said: "Our research findings, based on data from more than 17,000 pocket money payments, suggests a trend in which girls are able to secure higher pocket money and allowance payments longer into their teenage years than boys.

"Whilst interesting findings, the most important thing that parents can do, whether for their sons or daughters, is empower them to learn about earning, saving and spending and ensure that, however much money they receive each week, they're well equipped to manage it responsibly and develop good money habits for life."

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