Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day

Despite the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago, women still earn less than men in Britain today.

The current gender pay gap means that women effectively stop earning relative to men on a day in November. This day is referred to as Equal Pay Day and varies according to the actual pay gap each year – in 2016 Equal Pay Day is the 10th of November. This is only one day later than last year.

What is the gender pay gap?

Overall, women can expect to earn significantly less than men over their entire careers as a result of differences in caring responsibilities; clustering in low skilled and low paid work, the qualifications and skills women acquire; and outright discrimination.

The current overall gap for full time workers is 13.9%.

What can I do about it?

Join our Equal Pay Day campaign and take action! Tweet @fawcettsociety with #PayGapPledge and tell us what you’ll be doing to help end this inequality.

Here are some ideas for action:

  • Have a conversation at work about pay and find out what your colleagues earn
  • Ask your employer whether they know about the new regulations which are due to come in to force next year, requiring organisations with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap figure and whether they are ready to implement this change
  • Write to your MP and ask them what they and their party are doing to close the gender pay gap

Some well-known people have also been pledging to do their bit:

”I will force larger employers to publish gender info on bonuses .’ Nicky Morgan, Conservative MP

‘I won’t stop fighting for equal pay until every woman and man is treated equally.’  Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equality

‘I will ensure the Government’s strategy on reducing the gender pay gap properly focuses on those most affected – women aged over 40.’  Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee

‘We are the only political party that will tackle all the causes of unequal pay, rather than tinkering around the edges.’  Sophie Walker, Women’s Equality Party

‘My is to do everything I can as to advance equal pay & gender equality .’ Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the SNP

‘It’s . Again! Need fair pay for “women’s” jobs, fair treatment for part-timers, affordable childcare. And .’ Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party

I’ll work vigorously with @MaternityAction to end the scandal of pregnancy discrimination & stop the parent penalty at work.’  Jo Swinson

Joining the Fawcett Society or buying from our shop also supports the work we do in fighting to end the gender pay gap.

You can also sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with issues effecting gender equality today.

You can find out more about the gender pay gap and our recommendations for closing it in our full briefing here.

Read our blog on how we calculate the gender pay gap and why.