#OutOfOffice: How women are marking Equal Pay Day

10 November, 2017, 17:25 | Author: Leticia Walters
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The respondents said they thought the pay disparity was there despite the fact they were doing "the same work, similar work or work of equal value, an NUJ survey has found".

Eight out of ten women journalists at the BBC believe they are paid less than male counterparts, according to a survey carried out by the National Union of Journalists.

Today is Equal Pay Day - the date on which women in the United Kingdom effectively start working for free, a full 51 days before the end of the year. At this rate, it will take 62 years to close - meaning that women starting in the world of work today, will never see pay equality.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: "Equal Pay Day is a time to reflect on the inequality in pay between men and women".

The pay gap for women in their 20s has grown from 1.1% in 2011 to 5.5% this year, it says.

This is to raise awareness of the pay gap, which on average is 18.4% but for some women it's even worse.

"We are going backwards and that is extremely worrying", Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society chief executive, said in a statement.

Joeli Bearley, 38, from Manchester, who was sacked the day after telling her boss she was pregnant and now runs the campaign Pregnant then Screwed, says many employers think they are better than they really are.

The government is also encouraging companies to publish an "action plan" alongside their figures, outlining steps they will take to close the gender pay gap within their organisation.

"Men are often paid more than women because of outright discrimination, dated recruitment practices and inflexible working practices which make it hard for women to juggle work and family life".

"Our research identifies a sinister ugly sister to the gender pay gap, that is the gender investment gap", she said.

Working women in Britain face a 100 year wait to be paid the same as men, with progress towards closing the gender pay gap stalling as younger women's wages lag behind, a women's rights group said on Friday.

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