Celebrate 'Equal Pay Day', reduce Gender Pay Gap

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

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. Nearly a third (32%) of women who work part-time earn less than the £10,000 qualifying earnings threshold and are missing out on valuable employer contributions.

Women's Equality Party leader Sophie Walker says her party is urging women to set their autoreplies to help people "join the dots".

The average pay gap for full-time workers now stands at 14.1% - where it has been since 2015.

Evidence from the United States suggests that when you further account for such variables, the gender pay gap nearly completely disappears.

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".

"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", said Smethers.

The pay gap between men and women in Britain stands at 14.1 percent, unchanged over the past two years, but has grown significantly for women in their twenties, to 5.5 percent this year from 1.1 percent in 2011, according to the Fawcett Society. It is highest in London, at 20.7 per cent, followed by the South East region at 16.3 per cent. While Wales (8.3%) and Scotland (11.1%) fall below the United Kingdom average, London has the largest gap at 20.7%.

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The Fawcett Society has suggested that employers sign a pledge on equal pay committing themselves to publishing the gender pay gap with an action plan to tackle it, supporting fathers to take time off to care for their children, and supporting women to reach leadership positions.

"For the lowest paid we need to see the Real Living Wage adopted as the minimum wage in all our workplaces". As it happens, Northern Ireland is the only region with a negative pay gap: -3.4 per cent.

"Often this is because the sectors women tend to work in - such as administration, health and social care and retail - are not valued and paid as much as they should be".

The UK Government have in recent years indicated a willingness to deal with discrimination in the workplace through the Equality Act 2010, and more recently a requirement for some companies to publicly disclose data on their own gender pay gaps, with the hopes of "shaming" employers into paying equally.

Breaking down the pay gap between extremely high male and female earners provides us with interesting, and mixed, information.

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

The Fawcett Society said younger women as well as older female employees were now seeing their pay fall behind that of men, claiming that the drive to equalise pay is "going backwards".

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