Gender pay gap means women work for free for more than two months

08 March 2018

Analysis published by the TUC on International Women’s Day finds that the average woman has to wait more than two months of the calendar year before she starts to get paid, compared to the average man. Today is also known as Women’s Pay Day.

The current gender pay gap for full-time and part-time employees stands at 18.4%. This pay gap means that women effectively work for free for the first 67 days of the year, until they begin to get paid on Women’s Pay Day today.

In a number of key industries – even in those dominated by female workers – gender pay gaps are even bigger, which means Women’s Pay Day is even later in the year:

  • In education the gender pay gap is currently 26.5%, so the average woman effectively works for free for more than a quarter of the year (97 days) and has to wait until the 7 April before she starts earning the same as the average man.
  • In health and social work, the average woman waits 69 days for her Women’s Pay Day on 10 March.
  • The longest wait for Women’s Pay Day comes in finance and insurance. There the gender pay gap is the equivalent of 130 days – more than a third of the year – before Women’s Pay Day finally kicks in on 10 May.

The TUC introduced Women’s Pay Day last year to replace Equal Pay Day, the day of the year when the average woman stops being paid compared to the average man. The TUC made this change to: (1) bring the UK into line with how equal pay is calculated in the US, Canada and most of Europe, and to (2) allow the most up-to-date information on women’s pay. Women’s Pay Day is calculated using the ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).

The CIPP have a Gender Pay Gap reporting and HR implications training course which is available both online and face to face.