2019 has been the second year that all companies and charities in Britain with more than 250 employees – covering almost half the country’s workforce – have had to report their gender pay gap to the Government Equalities Office (GEO).
1.How does it work?
Employers must submit an assessment of the gap between what man and women earn on average amongst their personnel. The deadline for reporting these numbers each year is 31st March for public sector organisations and 5th April for businesses and charities.
All companies must report the differences between salaries and bonus of employees from both genders on a mean and median hourly basis.
2.What surprises did we get?
The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, has defined this year’s figures “disappointing, but not surprising”, as reported by the BBC.
The latest numbers have showed us that around half of private employers have seen their pay gap narrowing, while the other half has said that the difference has worsen or there have been no alterations, per primary data from the GEO. In numbers, this is showed by 45% of firms discrepancy having increased since last year and 7% having made no changes at all.
The 10.455 filings show that the general amount hasn’t improved much.
The fact is that the mean pay gap for April 5 2018 was of 14.23% and 14.21% in 2017.
Men combined were paid more at 88% of companies and public-sector bodies, as stated in Bloomberg.
The median pay gap in favour of man almost remained the same compared to last year, lowering from 9.7% to 9.6% this year.
Large companies with the biggest gaps included Independent Vetcare at 48.3% (down from 50.5% last year) and EasyJet at 47.9% (45.5%).
Conforming to BBC, EasyJet has said that in March the gap had widened from 45.5% as more female cabin crew had been recruited since the last pay snapshot. They also say that most of the airline’s pilots are male, and are more highly paid than cabin crew.
3.How has the UK reacted?
The purpose of this report is to help generate greater conscience around the gender pay gap issue and gradually try to change it. Through research we can see that all big UK newspapers have heavily criticized the fact that we still live in an era where the lack of women in senior positions and the compensation for their work is not recognised equally.
4.How is the rest of the world?
There’s upright and ruthless news for women of the working class all around the globe: the gender pay gap is narrowing, but it still has a long way to go.
Based on hundreds of thousands of salary reports, Glassdoor estimated the gender pay gap in eight countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Singapore and Australia.
In all these countries, men earn more on average for doing the same job as women. But the gap is bigger in Germany with women earning about 78 cents per euro men earn. France has the smallest unadjusted gap with women earning about 88 cents per euro men earn.
5.What does this mean for us, women?
It is time that we change the talks we are having about gender pay equality, on its differences and how they should be improved. We need to start asking why man hold more senior positions. Then we should start rethinking about how different roles are valued, how success is being measured and how jobs should be done. Positions that pay the most shouldn’t be predominantly male and those with flexibility shouldn’t be female. If we don’t act, the data will remain all but pointless.