Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day

Despite the Equal Pay Act 46 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 #EqualValue Equal Pay Day campaign and take action!

The pay gap represents the difference between what women are paid and what they are really worth, so this year the Fawcett Society will be marking Equal Pay Day using the theme #EqualValue.

How to get involved:

Share a photo of yourself on social media doing the job that you are proud of – this could be either paid or unpaid work – to highlight the contribution of women to our economy and our society. Or, share a photo of yourself with women in your workplace or in your life that you are proud of.

Don’t forget to use #EqualValue and tell us why you’re proud of what you or they do and why closing the pay gap matters to you.

Men can get involved too:

We’d love men to tweet images of themselves undertaking important work traditionally perceived to be undertaken by women – perhaps you are a stay at home dad, or work in a female dominated industry? Share an image of yourself at work along with your thoughts on why closing the pay gap matters. Or, share the work done by your female colleagues, friends or family, highlighting why you are proud of and value their contribution.

If you think women have #EqualValue to men, then shout about it on social media this #EqualPayDay!

For employers:

This is your chance to highlight the work you do to close the pay gap in your organisation and to demonstrate that you really value your female employees. Please tweet images of the great work women do for your organisation and share your examples of ways to close the pay gap.

What else can I do?

Here are some more ideas for action from last years pledges:

  • 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 2016 briefing here.

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