Nearly 50 years since the Equal Pay Act, women still earn less than men in Britain today. Find out more about our Equal Pay Day campaign here.

The most recent stats from the ONS’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) show that the gap for full time workers is 13.7%. Unless otherwise stated, statistics in this briefing are from this source.

Key Facts

  • The mean gender pay gap for women working full-time is 13.7%
  • In 2018 Equal Pay Day is on the 10th November.
  • Progress closing the gender pay gap has slowed in recent years. There is no guarantee that the gap will close over time – it needs significant action from Government, businesses, and society.
  • There’s no one cause of the gap – important factors are discrimination, undervaluing roles predominantly done by women, dominance of men in best paid positions and unequal caring responsibilities.

In this briefing you will find:

  • Information on how The Fawcett Society calculates the gender pay gap
  • A summary of the difference between the gender pay gap and pay discrimination
  • A summary of the causes of the gender pay gap
  • Our recommendations on tackling the gender pay gap

Download the briefing here