Fresh calls to tackle gen­der pay gap

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

Calls for more ac­tion to tackle the gen­der pay gap are be­ing stepped up amid re­search show­ing women are more likely to be in low-paid jobs.

To­day is be­ing dubbed Equal Pay Day, when women ef­fec­tively start work­ing for free for the rest of the year be­cause of the pay dif­fer­ence.

Dawn But­ler, shadow min­is­ter for women and equal­i­ties, said: “The fact that Equal Pay Day has fallen on the same date for three con­sec­u­tive years shows we still have a very long way to go in the fight for equal­ity.

“This Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment has failed to tackle the un­der­ly­ing struc­tural is­sues that re­sult in women be­ing paid less than men.”

The Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion said more than one in four jobs filled by women pay be­low the vol­un­tary liv­ing wage, com­pared with fewer than one in five for men.

A Govern­ment Equal­i­ties Of­fice spokesman said: “It is pos­i­tive to see the na­tional gen­der pay gap has gone down this year, how­ever, there is still more work to be done by em­ploy­ers if we are to close the gap en­tirely.”

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