Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Gender pay gap will take 100 years to close, says campaign group

Gender pay gap will take 100 years to close, says campaign group

The pay gap also gets wider as women grow older - 22-29 year olds in full-time work have a gap of 5.5% from their male counterparts, which widens to 18.6% by their 50s.

With all the intelligence we have in the world, the gender pay gap is a solvable - and should be a solved - problem.

Global strategic advisor, Rita Trehan, explains:"Equal Pay Day means that effectively, women are working for free for the rest of the year - that's how big the pay gap remains between and women".

The full-time pay gap in the United Kingdom is 14.1% and if you factor in part-time work, the vast majority of which is done by women, it leaps to a shocking 18.4%.

Where comparisons are not helpful (i.e. outlier salaries), the Equal Pay Day campaign includes them; but where comparisons are much more helpful - and paint a positive picture for women in the workplace - they are omitted from the briefing. "During that time the gender pay gap has reduced, but it has not reduced enough".

"We look around us and say how is it possible that women didn't have the opportunity to vote?"

We have established a women returners scheme, to support women to regain the confidence and skills they may have lost during career breaks.

With that in mind, the Women's Equality Party are encouraging women to set their out of office alert, reminding people that there is still a lot to be done to close the gender pay gap.

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The work shined a light on Morton's priorities of ending violence against women and redressing the gender pay gap by featuring a purse in the shape of a vagina and stating that women were being shortchanged in their pay versus men. We will require all public authorities with more than 20 employees to publish their pay gap every two years and an equal pay statement every four years.

Gender equality campaigners The Fawcett Society, who compiled the data using ONS statistics, claim there no one reason for the pay gap - instead a range of institutional issues that need to be addressed.

The pay gap is not closing.

What Can Be Done?

"Employers with 250 staff or more need to review their pay systems and publish their gender pay gaps, with a clear action plan in place to close it. We need to teach young men that it's ok to talk to women and not ok to objectify women".

According to campaign group the Fawcett Society, it could take as long as 100 years to drive down the disparity in earnings. This inequality carries through to later life, as women's retirement prospects are generally worse than men's. Evidence from the United States suggests that when you further account for such variables, the gender pay gap nearly completely disappears.

Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee said 'I will ensure the Government's strategy on reducing the gender pay gap properly focuses on those most affected - women aged over 40'.

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