Equal Pay Day 2021

19 November 2021

18 November 2021 was Equal Pay Day, organised by the Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning for gender equality and work rights for women.

The date represents the day in the year where women, on average, stop earning comparatively to men, due to the gender pay gap. Fawcett calculated that the gender pay gap for 2021 is 11.9%, up from 10.6% in 2020.

The Fawcett Society recognises the impact the coronavirus has had on figures and statistics. The figures used are taken from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) surveys, this year there were significantly less of these surveys completed. As the UK is still in a state of transition there are some situations that are unaccounted for. A disproportionate number of women may have lost their jobs due to higher representation in affected sectors, such as retail and hospitality.

Felicia Willow, CEO of the Fawcett Society, said “Whilst gender pay gap reporting has been effective in getting big employers to act, it needs to go much further – we want to see Government requiring mandatory action plans from employers to tackle gender pay gap in the workforce, as well as sharing data.”

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