‘Equal Pay Day’, catalysed by the Fawcett Society campaign group is trying to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.
Hundreds of thousands of women, including public figures from parliament and the BBC, are calling for an end to the pay gap, averaging at 18.4% within the UK.
Angela Perrett, a nurse from Bristol, tweeted support for the event saying: ‘Always amazed on #equalpayday that so many men try to mansplain to women that it doesn’t exist or is down to job choices’
MPs, including Labour’s Yasmin Qureshi, Dawn Butler and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb tweeted #PayGapPledge to work on closing the gap.
At the BBC, gender pay gap data had been published earlier in the year, with men shown to have been paid 9.3% more than women.
BBC News correspondent Orla Guerin wrote, “When I started full-time work, in 1985, never occurred to me that I or any female colleague might be paid a penny less than a man for the same work. Have learned some lessons since them.”
According to the Fawcett Society, the gender pay gap has not only stalled but is also now widening for some.
Under new government rules, all companies with more than 250 employees will have to report their gender pay gaps by April 2018.
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.
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