Millwall football club pay men 80% more than women. While female staff at Ryanair take home 72% less than their male colleagues. And in the UK, on average, men earn 18% more than women*.
The gender pay gap is the difference between men and women’s average earnings.
How does the gender pay gap happen?
Discrimination and bias in hiring and pay decisions plays a large part. Men tend to take up the majority of more senior roles. Women’s time out to have and care for children impacts their career progression. Plus women are still more likely to work in lower-paid and lower-skilled jobs – 62% of those earning less than the living wage are female, according to the Living Wage Foundation.
UK organisations with 250 or more employees are now legally obliged to publish their gender pay gap data by 4 April, or 30 March for the public sector. This means that we will know how unequal our workplaces are and UNISON are launching a nationwide campaign to #BridgeTheGap.
UNISON represent over one million women, making us the largest women’s organisation in the UK. We will publish detailed guidance to enable our network of workplace reps to work with employers to end this inequality. Watch UNISON’s assistant general secretary Christina McAnea discuss why this is such an important campaign for UNISON:
Share the graphics below in the run-up to April to encourage people to discuss the gap – and to get them behind bridging it.
*According to Office for National Statistics published in April 2017.