Britain’s Equal Pay Day Highlights Gender Gap
“I’m out of office until 2019.”
The automated email replies by working women were part of a campaign to mark Equal Pay Day in Britain on Saturday along with also to draw attention to the country’s gender pay gap.
The Fawcett Society, a group in which campaigns for gender equality along with also women’s rights, set Nov. 10 as the date in Britain when women begin working effectively “for free” when compared to men, based on the disparity in pay annually.
Mind the Gap
There are many ways of looking at wage discrimination. nevertheless widely used definitions of the gender pay gap use the difference in median or average pay between men along with also women in full-time jobs in terms of gross salary without overtime.
In Britain, the gap was 13.7 percent This specific year. Put another way, women earn on average 86.3 percent of what men do for the same work.
inside the United States, Equal Pay Day fell on April 10 to mark how far into the year women had to work to match the previous year’s wages of male counterparts.
The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, observes Equal Pay Day based on the average gap across the bloc. Based on 2016 figures, in which difference was 16 percent.
the item will be illegal in most industrialized nations to pay women less than men for the same job, nevertheless men continue to earn significantly higher median salaries. A 2016 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation along with also Development found in which the gender pay gap was 13.9 percent in member nations.
If nothing will be done, research in Britain has shown the item could take nearly a century to bridge the gap at the current rate of change.
“This specific Equal Pay Day we are asking you to talk about pay at work,” said Sam Smethers, the chief executive of the Fawcett Society. The group has started out a fund to provide legal advice for low-paid women.
Fawcett Society also launched a social media campaign encouraging women along with also men to show their solidarity by sharing photos with equal signs drawn on their hands or paper to call for change. Dozens shared their photos along with also calls to action.
In France, the minister in charge of gender equality, Marlène Schiappa, sent out a tweet with the hashtag used by campaigners on the day to announce a plan to combat wage inequality inside the next three years on France’s Equal Pay Day, Nov. 6.
“The fight for equal pay often pits a lone woman against a very powerful employer,” said Carrie Gracie, who quit her job as China editor of the BBC in January to protest unequal wages along with also donated backdated pay she received by the organization to the legal fund.
Some Progress along with also a Shift in Attitudes on Equal Pay
Dominique Meurs, an economist at Paris Nanterre University who specializes in gender inequalities inside the workplace, said large corporations have become “very sensitive” to the issue even though the gap in France had not closed significantly since the 1990s.
“the item has become an integral part of their corporate social strategy,” she said.
“The inequalities in which are easy to eliminate have been eliminated,” Ms. Meurs said. nevertheless to resolve the pay gap, companies will have to look beyond in which figure at career evolution.
In Britain, the pay gap will be the lowest since records began in 1997. The the gap in average pay was 20.7 percent then.
A recent European Commission opinion poll found in which attitudes are shifting: Most people inside the European Union believe the item will be unacceptable for women to be paid less than men. nevertheless many don’t know in which equal pay will be guaranteed by law. Equal pay legislation exists in all European Union member state.
Many men along with also women also assume in which they are paid equally, according to Allyson Zimmermann, the executive director of Catalyst Europe, a nonprofit consulting along with also research organization.
“What the item’s highlighting year after year will be in which progress will be incredibly slow, along with also the item’s highlighting the need for change,” Ms. Zimmermann said.
“the item opens a much wider discussion of what will be happening — the item goes even beyond the pay, the item goes to inequity along with also the item shows talent not being valued,” she said.
Elian Peltier contributed reporting by Paris.