Government Releases New Roadmap To Highlight Gender Equality Across UK Culture The government has published ‘Gender equality at every stage: a roadmap for change’ setting out the vision and actions to tackle the persistent gendered inequalities women and men face across their lives. The roadmap sets out eight key challenges we need to tackle from childhood to retirement and what the government is intending to do to achieve these.
Women and equalities minister Penny Mordaunt – who was also recently appointed the UK’s first ever defence secretary – said the report would “define and guide” how to tackle the barriers women face.
Alongside this, the government are publishing a longer ‘case for change’, which examines in greater depth the factors that underlie gendered differences in work and pay, supporting the vision and action laid out in ‘Gender equality at every stage: a roadmap for change’.
In the UK today women are, on average, more likely to enter the workforce with higher qualifications than men, but earn less per hour. They are more likely to take on unpaid work, three times as likely to be working part time and likely to save less into their private pensions. The UK gender equality roadmap includes a relaunch of the
Women’s Business Council, which works to eliminate gender pay gaps across all sectors of business and ensure women are afforded the same professional opportunities as men.
Evidence suggests that from the moment they are born, boys and girls are treated differently, potentially influencing subject choices in education and career aspirations. Women generally go on to work in lower-paid j obs and take more time out to care for both children and others. In turn, this results in slower career progression, a gender pay gap and lower pensions wealth. Men can also find themselves limited by old fashioned perceptions, particularly around spending time with their children and families.
The statistics show that men earned an average of £28,300 five years after graduation in the financial year 2016-17, while the average wage of women was £24,700. The disparity was largely caused by a lack of women in senior positions according to the initial findings from an independent review commissioned by the Department of Health.
“Today’s statistics should be a wake-up call for anyone who cares about gender equality,” Joe Levenson, a spokesman for the charity Young Women’s Trust. “While the impact of having children is often said to be a cause of lower pay for women as they get older, the new graduate pay gap happens before most people start a family.”
These findings are supported by the gender pay gap legislation, which currently covers around 9,000 employers and 15 million employees – about half of the UK workforce. However, if current pay trends persist, gender equitable pay won’t occur until 2059.
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