The gender pay gap, is an equality measure that shows the difference in average earnings between women and men.
In 2017, after the feminist movement, women’s emancipation, and gender equality programmes on a global scale, you wouldn’t expect the gender pay gap to still exist; would you?
Well here’s the thing, the pay gap is still at 9.4% across the UK, and for every £1 earned by a man, a woman earns just 82p – despite the fact it has actually been illegal to pay women and men differently for 45 years.
How does the gender pay gap still exist?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the pay gap, including women’s less than representative role in senior jobs.
In a survey of 118,385 managers from 423 organisations 66% of women were in junior roles, and only 26% in senior.
Companies such as the BBC, which recently released its figures for public disclosure, revealed a 9.3% pay gap, which Court of Appeal Judge Sir Patrick Elias ruled as a underrepresentation of women in the more senior jobs.
In addition to this woman are also facing disproportionate bonuses, and a greater availability to them for part-time work.
What is the Government doing about the gender pay gap?
According to Gov.Uk Gender Pay Gap the government is:
- Requiring large employers, including the public sector, to publish their gender pay gap and gender bonus gap;
- Offering 30 hours of free childcare for working families with 3 and 4 year-olds; and
- Encouraging girls to consider a wider range of careers, including in those higher paying sectors traditionally dominated by men.
What can we do?
It’s so important that we discuss this issue. Not enough dialogue is being held, and companies are still managing to get away without publishing gaps in their bonuses and the number of women in top jobs. The more we talk and create a voice, the further the campaign will get.
Changing work role stereotypes is an ongoing battle and one we all need to keep fighting. We need a more balanced work sector in both part-time and full-time work.
What’s the pay gap like in your area?
It’s fascinating seeing the difference in pay gap depending on your area within the UK – do you live in an area where the gap is larger or smaller? In reality where you live should not affect how much more or less you are paid in comparison to the opposite sex.
As females, it’s so important we build each other up. This topic affects men and women equally and it’s vital we all have a say in the matter. We live in an age of gender fluidity, and we all know gender is a social construct, so how is this still occurring?
Is the gender pay gap an issue in your workplace, or are you even aware of it?