(Image taken from www.mylearning.org)
I might as well stop working today, I love my role and I still haven’t won the lottery but because of the pay gap, I just might as well.
The “pay gap” is the difference that currently exists between a man and a women, a gap that is caused by a number of different factors. While the causes and the answers are complex and debated, the fact that a pay gap exists is accepted as a fact.
The average pay difference, which has significantly increased since 2010, equals the amount that male counterparts earn for the remainder of the year and hence there is no point in me working for the remainder. Isn’t that a saddening and offensive suggestion, that in essence we are not being paid for the hours we work in November and December.
The Coalitions government have been reluctant to take action on this issue, refusing to life the minimum wage (which disproportionately affects women) and failing to enforce Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. This section requires companies that employe more than 250 employees to annually publish the hourly pay of their employees.
The fact is that most people are reluctant to discuss their salary with their fellow employees and therefore many people are often unaware of any difference that exists.
Take action by signing the petition calling for Section 28 of the Equality Act to be enforced and don’t be afraid to have these conversations at work because of you don’t ask, you might never get and frankly you deserve better.
Are you going to have that chat?