For this year's Costs Lawyer diversity survey, we are concentrating on the difference in pay and earnings between men and women. The questions explore pay and earnings for people working full-time and part-time, with and without caring responsibilities, in different regions, in different age brackets and with varying years' experience as an authorised Costs Lawyer.

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* 1. Which age category are you in?

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* 2. For how many years have you been practising as an authorised Costs Lawyer?

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* 3. What is your sex?

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* 4. In the last year, were your earnings significantly reduced due to (tick all that apply):

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* 5. Are you a primary carer for a child or children under 18?

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* 6. Do you look after or care for someone with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age (not in a paid capacity)?

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* 7. In the last year, in which region did you work? (If more than one, please choose the place where you spent most of your working time.)

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* 8. For the last year, what best describes your employment status? (If more than one, please choose your main employment status during the year.)

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* 9. In the last year, did you mainly work part-time or full-time?

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* 10. In the last year, what was your gross basic pay or earnings?
This includes dividend payments and equity distributions, but EXCLUDES overtime payments, bonuses, salary sacrifices, employer pension contributions and benefits in kind.  

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* 11. In the last year, what was your gross total earnings from your work as a Costs Lawyer?
This is the value of your whole package, including overtime payments, bonuses, salary sacrifices, employer pension contributions and benefits in kind.

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* 12. The CLSB needs diversity data to fulfil its legal and regulatory responsibilities. We’re considering how to run future diversity surveys to maximise responses. Surveys are likely to take place every 2 years. Would you prefer:

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