Women effectively working for free from today, figures show

Women effectively working for free from today, figures show

According to statistics, today, Friday the 10th November, is the day that women are essentially working for free because of the gender pay gap.

The latest figures show that the average gap between men and women’s salaries is around 14.1 per cent, and, if the gap were to close at the current rate, it would take 100 years for women to level the playing field.

The Fawcett Society, the women’s rights charity, coined the term “Equal Pay Day” over three years ago. Since then, the date has not moved, suggesting that little has been done to achieve consistent pay in the workplace.

The Government has taken minor steps to achieving the goal, forcing businesses with 250 employees or more to publish a full review of their salaries, but little else has been done.

Sam Smethers, chief executive of The Fawcett Society, said: “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.

“At a time when we are breaking the taboo of talking about sexual harassment in the workplace 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.”

Vivienne Hayes, chief executive of charity the Women’s Resource Centre, added: “We are here again, year after year lamenting the seemingly impervious issue of equal pay for men and women.

“Even though we have had a law since 1970 outlawing the practice of sex discrimination in pay, our progress is probably not even at a snail’s pace.”