Nov 10, 2017

Pay gap means women now working for free until new year

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. The group said the gap was wider than the average for women working full time in their 50s, at 18.6 per cent, but it has also grown among women in their 20s, from 1.1 per cent in 2011 to 5.5 per cent this year. "The pay gap is widest for older women as it grows over our working lives, but we are now seeing a widening of the pay gap for younger women too, which suggests we are going backwards and that is extremely worrying," said Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society chief executive. Fawcett Society research published earlier this year found that the mean gender pay gap for part-time and full-time Pakistani and Bangladeshi women was 26 per cent and for black African women it was 24 per cent. "When we compare the pay between women and men doing the same job in the same company, the pay gap falls to 1.7 per cent in favour of men, meaning pay equality is closer than we are led to believe," she said.

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