Gender Gap means ‘women work for free’

By Natalie Deacon & Joanna Park

Today marks the point in the year when women in Britain effectively start working for free, according to a report published by the Fawcett Society.

The report states that women are still being paid on average 20% less than men, with the highest gender pay gap in West Somerset where women are paid over 50% less than men.

As a result of the 17.1% full time gender pay gap, October 30th marks the point in the year when women across Britain can be said to be working for free.

Ceri Goddard chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “Today women will effectively receive their last pay cheque of the year.”

Anne Haggarty an Edinburgh Napier employee said: “It annoys me. There’s no job a woman can’t do. In the past men’s physical strength determined rates of pay but with technology today this shouldn’t be the case.”

The findings follow the statistics earlier this week that Britain has slipped down the international league table for gender equality again.

It is now ranked 15th out of 130 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap.

Dropping to 78th in the world’s pay inequality league behind countries including Egypt, Malawi, Tajikistan and Malaysia.

We asked some female students at Edinburgh Napier’s Merchiston campus their opinion and found they were shocked that this inequality still exists.

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