The pay gap between women and men in Britain is a key measure of the Economic Inequality between the genders. Men are shown to be three times more likely to earn more than women, with earnings of excess of more than £100,000. Government figures have shown in 2013, 140,000 men had earned the same amount of pay, which has increased by £2,000 per year.
The gap in pay has been widening since.
There has been a slow progress of action, in accordance to the Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Act. Equal Pay for women still remain a promise for many.
Although there are women who share the same skills and knowledge as their male counterparts, they are highly likely to receive less pay. Is it due to the fact that women are not speaking up? To ask for more pay? Or is it discrimination against women for just being women?
On average women in Britain earn 80p for every £1 earned by a man. This means women miss out on a staggering £200,000 within their working lifetime. Women, on average, are paid less than men, despite having the same set of skills and the same workload; yet there are more men in higher position jobs.
What’s more staggering is that, women in their 20’s are paid on average around £1,576 less a year than their male colleagues, in which many MPs were informed about, according to the BBC. The gap in pay has become worse over the years, with women now working an extra three days for free, than they previously did in 2013.
It’s now time for the government to see these shocking figures and to wake-up; to really tackle women’s position in the working environment, and to create a greater equality between the sexes.
Yes, women have succeeded in many aspects of life. Yet, women are being crunched financially every way possible: from cutting benefits in the household and in the workforce within the public sectors , and now a widening gap in pay over the years.
“All I’m asking for is equal pay for equal work. Whether it is on the shop floor or the trading floor this principle is as relevant now as it was back then when the women in Dagenham marched,” states MP Sarah Bill.
Regardless of all rallies that has been carried out in the past, for equal right in pay, the average pay gap between both sexes is the lowest in all time according to the latest figures from office national statics.
The difference in the pay gap has fallen by 0.6%, to 9.4% in April 2014 compared to 17.4% in 1997. The pay gap has also been recorded the lowest from 19.1%, down by 19.8% in 2013, for both full time and part time employees.
It’s time to wake up and be on par with all colleagues. Male and female.
Written By Rizwana Begum