Group warns against Britain's gender pay gap

India plunged 21 places in World Economic Forum’s annual gender report

Employers in all sectors, private and public, must be required under law to publish pay data if the State is serious about overcoming the pay gap between women and men, Senator Ivana Bacik has said.

November 10 is Equal Pay Day in the United Kingdom, which highlights the gender pay gap. However, overall, women still earn less than men and there is a definite gender pay gap in this country.

The Fawcett Society, which pioneered the concept of "equal pay day" to draw attention to the gender pay gap, said that if the gap continued to close at the rate it has during the past five years, it would not reach zero until 2117.

An earlier equal pay campaign from WEP and Now created a visually arresting outdoor campaign for the Women's Equality Party and Liverpool Metro Mayoral candidate Tabitha Morton.

While the mean pay gap for full-time employees has remained static, the median gap decreased to 9.1 per cent in 2017 from 9.4 per cent the previous year, according to ONS data.

Sophie Walker, leader of the Women's Equality Party, said: "The gender pay gap is poorly understood and as a effect not closing fast enough".

'Equal pay is both a cause and outcome of gender inequality and it creates the context for other inequalities, such as violence against women and girls and unequal access to health, ' the WEP adds.

Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: "At a time when we are breaking the taboo of talking about sexual harassment in the workplace we need to wake up to the fact that a culture which tolerates or even fosters sexual harassment isn't going to pay women properly either, and we know that younger women are particularly likely to experience harassment".


It said those in their 20s were now suffering a 5.5% shortfall this year - up from 1.1% in 2011. It is lowest in Wales, at 8.3%, and the North East, at 10.2%.

The gap now stands at 14.1 per cent, the same as it has been for the past two years, and at this rate could take until 2117 to close.

"We need to change the way in way in which we're tackling the gender pay gap and that sort of wage survey and transparency is a better model".

Evaluate - Organisations with more than 250 employees have legal reporting requirements, but any business with more than a handful of staff should evaluate whether any jobs involve "equal work". As it happens, Northern Ireland is the only region with a negative pay gap: -3.4 per cent. I'm pleased that some of our top companies are leading the way and have already reported.

The UK ranks 20th out of 144 countries around the world for closing the gender pay gap, but no country on earth has absolute equality. By shining a light on where there are gaps, they can take action to address it‎.

"All employers need to take a long hard look at their workplace culture".

The Fawcett Society also suggest mandatory gender pay reporting for larger employers, equal parental leave, and encuraging businesses to audit the nature as well as the pay of their work, to "make sure men and women are paid equal pay for work of equal value".

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