New ONS figures reveal mean gender pay gap is slow to close


New figures from the ONS published today show that the mean pay gap for full time workers is 13.9%, a fall of just 0.2 percentage points since last year.

Jemima Olchawski Head of Policy and insight at the Fawcett Society said:

“Its good news to see the gender pay gap come down and in particular to see that it has closed the most for the lowest paid women. But progress in recent years has been far too slow. The introduction of the national living wage, shared parental leave and forthcoming requirements on larger employers to publish their pay gap are welcome but it’s clear we need a step change. That means creating more quality part time work, encouraging men to play a greater role in paid and unpaid care work and ensuring employers with a gender pay gap have an action plan to address it.

On 10th November we’ll be marking Equal Pay Day, the date when women effectively stop earning as a result of the gender pay gap. The pay gap is the gap between what women are worth and what they’re really paid, this year’s theme will be #EqualValue. ”

Read more about our work on closing the gender pay gap here.


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