Equal Pay, a distant dream?

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by - 0 comments

Gender roles. Cartoon from 70s Runaway Lawyer

In 2012, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 23 percent.USA.

The gender pay gap for all staff in the UK in 2013 was 19.7 per cent, as measured by hourly earnings for all employees. This was marginally higher than in 2012, when the gender pay gap was 19.6 per cent. However, the pay gap has decreased markedly over the longer term.

TUC (UK) General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is a huge injustice that women are still earning on average almost £5,000 a year less than men. This pay gap can add up to hundreds of thousands over the course of a woman’s career.

“The gender pay gap, which continues despite decades of girls outperforming boys at school and university, is also a huge economic failure. It is crazy that employers are missing out on billions of pounds worth of women’s talent, skills and experience every year.

“Four decades on from the Equal Pay Act,(UK)  it’s clear we need to take a tougher approach so that future generations of women don’t suffer the same penalties.

“One simple way would be to force companies to be more transparent about how they pay staff. Pay transparency and pay audits would give employers the evidence they need to finally take closing the pay gap seriously.”

Equal pay in my lifetime? The inequalities speak volumes.

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