Group warns against Britain's gender pay gap

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With all the intelligence we have in the world, the gender pay gap is a solvable - and should be a solved - problem. In 2014, the pay gap was at 14.2% (the mean average for full and part time workers) and since then, for the past three years, it has been 14.1%.

In Britain today the Women's Equality Party are encouraging women to put their out of offices on and stop working because, relative to men, we are effectively all working for free from today until the end of the year.

An earlier equal pay campaign from WEP and Now created a visually arresting outdoor campaign for the Women's Equality Party and Liverpool Metro Mayoral candidate Tabitha Morton.

We also know that harassment and discrimination is a feature of the gender pay gap, because it undermines the effectiveness of organisations and teams, prevents women from fulfilling their potential at work, or drives them out of their workplace.

It could take over 100 years to close the gender pay gap if progress remains at current levels, a charity has warned.

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Where Is This "Pay Gap"?

We have established a women returners scheme, to support women to regain the confidence and skills they may have lost during career breaks.

Gender equality campaigners The Fawcett Society, who compiled the data using ONS statistics, claim there no one reason for the pay gap - instead a range of institutional issues that need to be addressed. We will require all public authorities with more than 20 employees to publish their pay gap every two years and an equal pay statement every four years.

Asked to comment on language in the workplace following Minister of State John Halligan's question to a female official if she was married during a job interview, Ms Bacik said language would only change when there was a "critical mass" of women in positions of power.

What Can Be Done?

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The UK Government have in recent years indicated a willingness to deal with discrimination in the workplace through the Equality Act 2010, and more recently a requirement for some companies to publicly disclose data on their own gender pay gaps, with the hopes of "shaming" employers into paying equally.

According to the Fawcett Society, women in their twenties can expect to be paid 5.5 per cent less than men while women in their fifties experience an i8.6 per cent disparity.

Nicky Morgan, Conservative MP said "We've seen the best employers make ground breaking strides in tackling gender inequality".

Chief executive Sam Smethers said: "The pay gap is widest for older women as it grows over our working lives but we are now seeing a widening of the pay gap for younger women too, which suggests we are going backwards and that is extremely worrying".

'Equal pay is both a cause and effect of gender inequality and it creates the context for other inequalities, such as violence against women and girls and unequal access to health, ' the WEP adds.

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Unions had sought annual pay increases of about 3.75 per cent - similar to the rises secured by workers at Dublin Bus and Luas after strikes a year ago .

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