Gender Pay Gap unlike pay inequality which compares the wages of men and women doing the same job a gender pay difference at a company is not illegal, but could possibly reflect discrimination in the workplace. Although there’s a variety of companies
It’s been 45 years since the Equal Pay Act and we are still seeing drastic differences between women workers and men workers.
Archie Ratcliffe, 19 from Nottingham is a male feminist ‘I personally feel that closing the pay gap is about resolving an injustice that is too long-standing. Women have gone from not working because it was the society norm, to working in the war when men couldn’t.
‘For hundreds of years women have been paid lower than men, it is only right that in a modern society we should be paid equally for the performance of the job.’
As you can see from the chart above some of the worlds most popular establishments have a huge gender pay gap between men and women, the chart shows the percentage of money women workers earn less than men. The BBC has a devastating 40% gender pay gap, which holds the record.
The BBC published a gender pay gap report in March 2018 to show the statistics which you can find more information about the company, so follow the link below. here: https://cms.bbcworldwide.com/media/2332/bbc9_0008_01_bbcw_genderpay_report_v22_180321.pdf
The director general said: “Today’s report does not find evidence of gender bias in decision-making.
“But it shows we have real and important issues to tackle… and I’m determined to get it right.”
It isn’t only women workers and male feminist who disagree with the gender pay gap, Tom Brake, MP shares his thoughts.
‘It is shocking that almost fifty years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, women are still not being equally rewarded in the workplace.’
Tom Brake has tried hard to fight for equal rights in the UK by voting for Same sex marriages, Gay rights and to repeal a ban on the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
He took time to talk with us and shared the statistics in his constituency and his feelings behind his findings.
‘According to a report published by the Fawcett Society last year, the difference between average pay for male and female full-time employees, calculated using the mean average, is found to be at 14.1%. In my constituency of Carshalton and Wallington, the gap stands at 9.2%. Not only is it unfair that male employees are earning more than their female counterparts, the pay gap is stumping growth in our economy’
Improving our performance on gender equality in the workplace could increase GDP by a staggering £150 billion.
He believes that Liberal Democrats will continue to do all that they can to remove barriers to equality and build a fairer society.
In the Coalition Government, Liberal Democrats introduced a legal requirement for all employers with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay and bonus data. This measure, which came into effect last year, will create greater transparency and allow women to rightly challenge their employer where they are not being properly valued and rewarded.
Understanding the gender pay gap can be difficult and frustrating. However, the reasons may be more valid than just gender.
Sue Coe, Head of Employment at the Equality and Human Rights Commission speaks to us ‘We all know there is a gender pay gap in the majority of workplaces some of which is personal choice or circumstance. The point of reporting is not necessarily about the numbers, it’s about employers recognising the range of factors behind pay gaps, such as the lack of flexible working options available to staff and biases in recruitment and promotion decisions, and focusing on action plans to tackle the reasons behind them. These are the key to progress.”
Like Sue Coe said, everyone is aware of the gender pay gap but not many people are doing much about it, Equality and Human Rights Commission has made a section on their website purely for understanding and tackling gender pay gaps, where women workers can find support and act out.
Sue Coe, Head of Employment at the Equality Human Rights commission gives some helpful advice as to how we can tackle the issue together.
‘We recommend that flexible working should be encouraged in all jobs at all levels, and that governments, their agencies and employers should:
- Unlock the earning potential of education by addressing differences in subject and career choices, educational attainment and access to apprenticeships
- Improve work opportunities for everyone, no matter who they are or where they live by investing in specific training and regional enterprise
- Report on progress towards reducing pay gaps by extending reporting to ethnicity and stability and collecting annual statistics.’
“We all know there’s a gender pay gap in the majority of workplaces and they exist for many reasons.
To learn more about Equality Human Rights Commissions follow this link: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/pay-gaps
Women from all over the world are coming together and sharing their opinions on the Gender Pay Gap, trends are visible on Social Media mainly on Twitter, women workers come to discuss the issues.
The gender gap is real, and it's not just a pay gap.
— Stabbatha Christy (@LoveNLunchmeat) April 18, 2018
There is absolutely no excuse for a profitable organisation to have an employee gender pay gap. None. #payforprogress
— Shevonne Joyce (@shevonnejoyce) April 24, 2018
I'm so glad I unlearn the whole "work for your own money ladies" narrative because now I realise it's not that easy considering the gender pay gap and over all discrimination in work places.
— Expecting Patrón (@Bad_Bunny97) April 25, 2018
Women’s Equality Party
Women’s Equality party based in Tunbridge Wells have made themselves known via social media. The groups are located all over the UK the party in Tunbridge Wells is located below. The equality social party decided to designed a constitution called ‘The WE constitution’ The WE constitution sets out our unique approach, and commits all our members to abide by the WE code, set out below.
‘Because I know that women’s equality is better for everyone, I am WE
- WE are non-partisan
- WE are diverse and inclusive
- WE are making change happen
The Women’s Equality Party: so that all may thrive and succeed.’
The party encourage women workers to understand and learn about their rights. One of their objectives they follow to help women is to increase diversity at all levels and in all sectors by encouraging employers to tackle bias in recruitment, promotion and pay and introducing a new national target for senior and executive management positions.
For more information on the Women’s Equality party based in Tunbridge Wells follow his link:
For more information about popular companies who have a larger gender pay gap follow this link: