Equal Pay Day: Stephen slams ‘shocking’ figures on growing gender pay gap

TODAY (Tuesday) is Equal Pay Day, and new analysis of official figures by Labour shows that women in Wales are being paid just 82p for every £1 earned by men – figures which Stephen has branded ‘shocking’.

The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day – the day that women across the UK effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap – falls three days earlier this year, because the pay gap is back on the rise under this Government. It means women will effectively work for free for the next 57 days.

A Labour Government will ask big companies with over 250 staff to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.

Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty said: “These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Wales and across the UK. In David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Britain, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse.

“Only Labour will require companies to publish the hourly wage pay gap of their employees so that together we can take the steps to deliver equal pay for women and men across the country.”

Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, added: “Women are working an extra three days for free this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. “Women shouldn’t have to wait another 50 years for equal pay, which is why Labour will be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish their pay gap. If this Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”

 

  • Equal Pay day marks the day each year women effectively start working for free because of the gender pay gap.
  • In 2013 Equal Pay Day fell on November 7; however this year it’s 3 days earlier because of a rise in the gender pay gap.​
  • Since 2010 progress to close the pay gap has ground to a halt and is now back on the rise. According to the ONS (Office of National Statistics) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 2013 saw the overall pay gap rise from 19.6% to 19.7% and from 9.5% to 10.0% for full-time workers.
  • Between 1997 and 2010 the pay gap closed by almost a third.
  • The World Economic Forum ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2014’ published last week saw the UK fall out of the top 20 countries on gender equality – from 18th to 26th. The report cited falling female earnings and a rise in the gender pay gap as key factors.

 

 

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