Gender inequality and the pay gap

Who is affected by gender inequality in the
workplace. It’s not just women. Equal amounts of both
sexes in the UK tell us they have experienced some form of gender inequality at work. Our survey also uncovered that over a third
of men and almost half of women said they did not feel able to raise their concerns
over gender inequality with their employer. In fact, ten percent had left a position due
to the issue. The top three forms are wage inequality, verbal
harassment and unfair promotion blocking, but unsurprisingly, wage inequality affects
more women. On average, how much more do you think working
men earn than women? Our survey suggests no one really knows. In
reality, in the UK today, the pay gap amongst full time working men and women is at 9.4%
and this number rockets to 19% when combined with part time rolls. So, should the government be doing more to
try and close the gender pay gap? 65% of men and 81% of women think they should. So what’s actually being done? This year a new government scheme was meant
to launch by which large companies would have to publicly announce the pay levels between
male and female staff. But the initiative has now been postponed
to 2018. Regardless, our survey asked whether this
scheme would go far enough to recalibrate wage inequality between the sexes. Over a quarter of those we surveyed don’t
think it will. What’s your inexperience of gender inequality
in the workplace? Join the conversation at Guardian Jobs.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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