#OutOfOffice: How women are marking Equal Pay Day

11 November, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Switch On Your 'Out Of Office' Tomorrow To Show Women Are Working For Free For The Rest Of The Year

New figures released today show that the gender pay gap is actually worsening for women in their twenties for the first time in 6 years, meaning that some women are starting their careers worse off than their male colleagues. The Debrief has previously reported that the pay gap for younger women was in decline but these figures show this is no longer the case.

The London-based Fawcett Society said women in Britain earn an average of 14 percent less than male counterparts, citing government data, a rate that has been unchanged for the past three years.

The pay gap for women in their 20s has grown from 1.1% in 2011 to 5.5% this year, it says.

Rather than using the Office for National Statistic's official figure of 9.1 per cent (calculated using the median hourly earnings of full-time workers), Fawcett uses the ONS's mean calculation instead, to achieve a figure five percentage points higher than the preferred figure. However, overall, women still earn less than men and there is a definite gender pay gap in this country.

The group said the gap expanded to 26 percent for women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin and to 24 percent for women of African origin.

The group dubbed Friday Equal Pay Day - the day in the year when women start to work for free because of the difference in the pay of men and women.

It could take over 100 years to close the gender pay gap if progress remains at current levels, a charity has warned.

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"We also want to see a longer, more generous period of paid leave for fathers". It is lowest in Wales, at 8.3%, and the North East, at 10.2%. These include discrimination, historical dominance of men in the most highly-paid positions, and undervaluing of work predominantly done by women. While Wales (8.3%) and Scotland (11.1%) fall below the United Kingdom average, London has the largest gap at 20.7%.

"For the lowest paid we need to see the Real Living Wage adopted as the minimum wage in all our workplaces".

Where Is This "Pay Gap"?

"That is why we have introduced a legal requirement for all large employers to publish their gender pay and bonus data by April 2018".

At Westminster, we support changing the law to require gender pay gap reporting for all companies with more than 150 employees - down from 250 - and the introduction of sanctions - including fines - for employers that fail to comply with the law. By shining a light on where there are gaps, they can take action to address it‎.

The Government need to do much more to foster a flexible working culture in our workplaces - the default model needs to be all jobs are flexible working jobs unless there is a good business reason for them not to be. According to unions, this was the time of day that women began working unpaid relative to men.

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