Gender pay gap still exists

The need to seek employment law advice may be even greater for firms after one expert suggested that the gender pay gap is far from being closed.

Forty years since the Equal Pay Act came into force, Anna Bird, head of policy and campaigns at the Fawcett Society, indicated that women still accept lower salaries than men.

"On average, women in the UK earn around a sixth less than men – 15.5 per cent – and progress on closing the gap is stalling," she claimed.

Ms Bird pointed out that unless urgent action is taken, there is the potential for females to continue earning less than their male counterparts well into the future.

The GMB union has called on the government to recognise this reality that women are not a minority in the workplace.

It believes that the government should put in place legislation and policies which support women at work.

Published on: February 10, 2011

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