Progress on closing the pay gap between men and women is’stalled,’ with 10 million women expected to work for the rest of their lives without equal pay.
Equal pay will not be achieved until the age of 56 for an 18-year-old who starts work this year.
The number of women who will never see equal pay in their careers has risen to ten million in the last year, indicating that progress in closing the gender pay gap has slowed.
The Labour Party has accused Boris Johnson’s government of “failing an entire generation of women” because forecasts indicate that women will have to wait longer than previously anticipated for equal pay.
According to party analysis, the gender pay gap will not close until 2059, seven years later than the 2020 forecast.
This means that an 18-year-old starting work this year will not receive equal pay until he or she is 56.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the gender pay gap has widened, with women being more likely to lose their jobs, be placed on furlough, or be left to raise their children at home.
Between April 2020 and April 2021, the pay gap between men and women grew by 13%.
According to a government spokesperson, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy as a whole, and ministers have specifically offered assistance to industries that employ primarily women.
The government is expected to release proposals aimed at improving women’s workplace equality.
The analysis was released by Labour on Equal Pay Day, the day on which campaigners claim women begin to work for free until the end of the year due to wage disparities.
The data comes as women continue to bear the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic’s hugely unequal impact.
“It is unacceptable that over 10 million women now face working their entire careers without equal pay – up from 8.5 million just one year ago,” Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, said.
“The Conservative government should take steps to close the pay gap between men and women.
Instead, it has stood by as progress has stalled, with the gap widening by a whopping 13 percent during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Conservatives are letting a generation of women down.
Labour would take immediate action to close the pay gap between men and women by allowing women to compare their salaries to men doing the same job in a different company and requiring employers to bring.
News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
Progress on closing the pay gap between men and women is’stalled,’ with 10 million women expected to work their entire careers without equal pay.