What a scandal it is that we have already reached equal pay day. This means that from now on the average woman is working for nothing to the end of the year, compared to male employees. It really is time that more was done to close the pay gap and to enforce the equal pay legislation.
Women in full-time employment will in effect work for nothing from now until 2016 because of the gender pay gap, according to a campaign group. Official figures show men earn 14.2% more per hour than women. Equal Pay Day marks the point in the year when the average woman in effect stops being paid compared with the average man. This year, it is five days later than in 2014, indicating that the pay gap between men and women is narrowing. However, at the current rate of progress it will take 50 years to close the gap, says the Fawcett Society, which campaigns to promote women's rights in the labour market. Meanwhile, a report for the trade union body, the TUC, said that the pay gap was even more marked among high earners.