Progress on equality slammed as ‘dismally slow’ after gender pay gap rises

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, strikes a pose. Sam-Smethers-photo-480x310.jpg
Sam Smethers, the Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, expressed disappointment with the figures

Progress on Britain’s gender pay gap for full-time staff has been blasted as ‘dismally slow’ after new knowledge confirmed the gap has elevated.

It now stands at 8.9% for full-time workers, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) stated.

The newest determine compares with 8.6% final yr, which was the bottom since data started in 1997 – when the pay gap was 17.4%.

Reacting to the statistics, Sam Smethers, the Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, stated: ‘Today’s knowledge reveals that this yr’s Equal Pay Day, the day within the yr when girls successfully begin to work totally free, falls on November 14.

‘Progress to shut the gender pay gap is dismally gradual and at this charge it’ll take 60 years to eradicate it.

‘As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act women have waited long enough.’

Frances O'Grady, TUC General secretary who will call on the Catholic Church to join an alliance for economic justice when she delivers a speech at the Vatican on Friday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday November 24, 2017. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Frances O’Grady, the TUC General Secretary, has additionally criticised the pace of progress (Picture: PA)

The report is just not all dangerous information, with the pay gap for individuals underneath 40 in all professions now ‘close to zero’, the ONS stated.



For these in part-time jobs, the gap fell between women and men from 17.8% in 2018 to 17.3% in 2019.

The ONS added that the best gender pay gap by career is for carpenters and joiners at 44% however quite a few professions hit the Zero mark and a few are even stepping into detrimental figures, like for archivists and curators at -35%.

Weekly earnings for girls peaked for these aged between 40 to 49 in 2019 for the primary time, the ONS steered.

But among the many prime 10% of highest earners, girls earn a fifth lower than their male counterparts.

Campaigners say it’s the tempo at which the gap is closing that’s inflicting concern.

TUC common secretary Frances O’Grady informed the Guardian: ‘Our economic system continues to be stacked towards working girls. At this charge, it’ll take a long time to shut the gender pay gap.

‘Government must pick up the pace. It’s clear that publishing gender pay gaps isn’t sufficient on its personal. Companies should even be legally required to clarify how they’ll shut them.

‘And bosses who don’t pay girls pretty must be fined.’

Last week, a special ONS report steered the gender pay gap is widest for girls of their 50s.

Yesterday, BBC presenter Samira Ahmed claimed at a tribunal that she confronted a 600% pay gap in comparison with Jeremy Vine.



Meanwhile, median weekly earnings for full-time workers has elevated by 2.9% to £585 from final yr, however after inflation, the rise is simply 0.9%.

However, median weekly earnings in actual phrases are nonetheless 2.9% decrease than the height in 2008, which was £603 in 2019 costs.

Full-time weekly earnings had been the best within the City of London at £1,052 and lowest in Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, at £431.

The variety of full-time workers who skilled a real-term pay lower fell from 43.3% in 2018 to 35.7% in 2019, the report stated.



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