Lets talk about the gender pay gap

You might not realise it, but Friday the 10th of November is an incredibly important day. No, it’s not National Chocolate Day or the return of your favourite show on Netflix. November the 10th is Equal Pay Day in the UK. This effectively means that from this date, women are basically working for free for the rest of the year compared to their male counterparts. Yep, you read that right. And this is all thanks to the current gender pay gap.

Equal Pay Day tends to change the date each year according to what the pay gap is. So as the gap very, very slowly closes, the day moves later and later into the month. Progress has stalled in the last three years and either way, this just isn’t good enough. At the rate we are going, it will take 62 years to close the pay gap. Unequal pay for men and women doing the same role has been illegal for 40 years thanks to the the Equal Pay but women still earn less than men in Britain, with an average for full-time workers of 14.1%.

So in theory, there should be no real cause for this gap. But there is. Factors that have been found to make a difference include the likes of discrimination, undervaluation and male dominance. Did you know men continue to dominate the more senior and better-paid roles? The gap affects women of all ages although it is lower for women in their twenties at 5.5% and increases significantly for women in their fifties at 18.6%. There are also differences depending on the sector you work in as well as your ethnic background.

Closing the gender pay gap is not only necessary for equality but also incredibly beneficial. For employers, it helps them create a positive environment to work in and gain the confidence of their employees. How happy would you feel working for an employee you knew paid your male counterpart a higher wage for the same role? Exactly. By making it public that you as a business are a fair employer, you automatically attract an improved pool of talent to choose from, regardless of gender.Undervaluing women’s work and not using the skills they can offer is both a lost resources as well as incredibly unfair to all women who work hard in their careers.

“So what exactly is being done about it?” You might be asking yourselves. Well, the UK government have introduced a requirement which means that all companies must publish their gender pay gap by April 2018 in order to help monitor and change the situation. The publication of this data will encourage a dialogue between employers and employees about pay as well as enable women to officially see how their pay compares and to use the data as a chance to source better and fairer opportunities. Everywoman is the worlds largest network for women in business and provides a wealth of development, resources and advice whether you are an individual looking to further your career (perhaps in an environment that fights against you) or a company looking to equally balance their workplace. These are all really positive steps that I hope will lead to ultimately close the gap. Do not be afraid to have this conversation amongst your peers. It is something that needs talking about in order to make a difference.

I must stress that I personally haven’t experience gender pay issues. I would however really love to know your thoughts and experiences on the gender pay gap and if you take away anything from reading this it’s to think about the following: from November 10th, women just like you are going to be working for free.

You can find out more information on the gender pay gap here and here.

Emily x

  • Great post! It’s great to talk about it and recognise that it is still a problem.

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  • Susan Tran

    Ohhhh this is a topic that REALLY makes my blood boil and I’m so glad you’ve touched on it. The gender pay gap is a HUGE problem in the U.S. (not a surprise) and the government isn’t doing much to change that (also not a surprise considering our current situation). Which is why it’s SO important for us to raise our voices on this matter and make it clear that we won’t stand for this anymore.
    I LOVE that your government is requiring companies to publish their pay gap by April 2018 because this will force them to publicly acknowledge that this is happening, and allow women to stand up and point out the facts – that they should be paid the same for doing the same job.
    While I work in education, which is one of the FEW industries that doesn’t deal with this as much (all employees are following the exact same pay scale depending on years worked and credits earned), I still feel strongly about this because I can’t stand the idea that my female students will soon learn they’ll make less simply because of their gender. THANK YOU for bringing light to this issue! With all of our voices combined, change will inevitably happen!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • Emily

      Thank you so much Susan! By the sounds of things, the US and UK could all do with following the example of the education sector!

  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    HOW HAD I NOT HEARD ABOUT THIS?! Thank you for giving this the airtime it deserves, because awareness is so important! I’m interested to see the results in April 2018 when companies are obligated to publish their pay gap, I really hope it incites some change and encourages transparency!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • Emily

      I’ll be honest, I certainly wasn’t aware of the scale of the situation myself. I’m definitely looking forward to April 2018 though!

  • Mariann Yip

    This is so important! The pay gab drives me crazy and I live in the United States and I wish that my government was doing more to address this! http://mariannyc.com/2017/11/03/nuzest-new-protein-flavors/#comments

  • yes, this is so important! i think an equally important thing is for men to realize that this is happening – SO many of my male friends think that the pay gap is “fake” because there’s just more men that have senior roles but they don’t realize that it’s part of the problem??

    emma stone’s male co-stars made more than her, even though she’s a pretty prominent actress – and it’s so good that the male costars took a pay cut so they could match her salary. more men need to put away their damn ego to do revolutionary things like this. of course i guess it’s easier to say for actors and actresses since they’re nowhere near debt or working paycheck to paycheck if you know what i mean. but i think it’s such an important step to just even recognize that there’s an unfairness.

    becky @ star violet

    • Emily

      Completely agree Becky, while a lot of men are supportive, there’s a lot more they could be doing. x

  • That’s really exciting they are going to publish that information. I heard in Iceland they made it so that legally every company had to prove that they paid women and men the same. We are definitely moving in the right direction so far!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Emily

      That’s definitely a good move, bravo Iceland! x

  • I have never personally experience gender pay issues as well but it’s good to know what actions are being taken so that everyone has equal rights. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

  • Great info, I didn’t really know much about this. Have a lovely day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • That’s absolutely shocking and I had no idea about this Emily. I know lots of people preach about women not having equal rights but as I’ve never experienced something like this myself I never saw any reason to take part. Thanks for sharing this very enlightening post.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

  • I am in shock. I hoped things would be better in the UK (given the fact just how progressive you guys are), but I do love this new rule where companies have to publish this information officially. Here in Dubai – same story. As a female intern (a few years back) I would get zero salary; while boys would get around 1,4k USD. Now, let’s talk about this for a second haha! Not like I worked less or anything. Thanks for speaking up dear! Topics like this should be discussed more often and not in Hollywood only.

    • Emily

      Wow Naya, that’s absoloutely insane! I cannot believe that was allowed to happen to you. And most definitely, the more we talk about this topic, the better.

  • Missy May

    Absolutely bonkers!! When we work and do the same damn jobs as men. Please they better be changing things up, because this is not only equal rights but abuse in my book. Ha!! Women deserve better!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • It’s only though social media that I’ve had any real sense of awareness on the topic – it’s insane this is even still a ‘thing’ in the 21st century! Brilliant you’re bringing awareness to it and roll on April 2018! 😉

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Such an important and powerful topic. Thank you so much for sharing we need to be constantly talking about this issue and talking about pay!

    x,
    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

  • Its such a shame that there’s still a pay gap! x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  • This is a very interesting topic. An eye opener to many, and I am happy for the result. Seeing progress to this objective will be great.

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