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The Queen's Speech 2017 and the Gender Pay Gap

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The Queen’s Speech referred to some very important issues, amongst those issues was the intention to make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people. The gender pay gap measures the difference between men and women’s average salaries. On average, a woman earns around 80p for every £1 earned by a man – this isn’t fair.

The gender pay gap is at its lowest ever level and has been almost diminished for full-time workers under 40, yet the rate of progress has been too slow, which is why further steps need to be taken so the gap can be narrowed further and faster. In spite of the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago, women continue to earn less than men in Britain today. The difference in pay between male and female remains the clearest example of inequality and discrimination.

What has been done?

The right to request flexible working was extended to all employees, and working parents now have the option of taking shared parental leave and pay

Schools and Education – encouraging and inspiring children from all walks of life to have aspirations through the Your Life Campaign, and encouraging girls to consider fields that would otherwise traditionally be dominated by men

What more can be done?

  • Inspire girls and young women, modernise workplaces and support older working women
  • Tackle unconscious bias and use pay range targets to measure progress and focus minds
  • Advertise jobs at all levels as flexible, part-time or a job share unless there is a strong business case not to do so

Here are some actions that you can take:

Ask your employer whether they know about the new regulations which came into force in 2016, requiring organisations with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap figure and enquire whether they implemented the changes

If you discover you are paid less than your male counterparts and are unable to resolve the issue with your employer, then seek representation from an employment solicitor with experience in equal pay disputes

Our employment team at Talbots Law are well equipped with the experience and legal expertise to assist you in negotiating solutions to gender discrimination in your pay and in bringing a case against your employer where necessary.

Call 0800 118 1500 to speak to someone about an employment matter today.