This weekend, Saturday 10 November, marks Equal Pay Day in the UK – but how long will it take for us to achieve it?
The government may have pledged to do more to help women achieve equal pay in the workplace over the past 12 months, but we’re still a long way off from seeing parity.
But, if anything, statistics are backing up the issues women in 2018 are facing while developing their careers. For starters, the pay gap for women in their 20s is now five times greater than it was in 2011. Seven years ago, the gender pay gap between younger women and men was around 1.1%, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Last year, that figure rose to 5.5%.
“Unequal pay is one of the main barriers to equality and is a key factor in sexual harassment and violence against women,” said Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, in 2017.
The gender pay gap is widest in London (20.7%) and the south-east of England (16.3%). It is narrowest in Wales (8.3%) and the north-east of England (10.2%).
“It has this same national narrative around it that women are somehow choosing this treatment – this idea that inequality is some sort of lifestyle choice,” continued Walker.
In line with Equal Pay Day this weekend on Saturday 10 November, we proposed three questions to four women about the future. From whether using plant power to charge our phones or elevators being able to go into space will happen first to whether or not human reincarnation and immortality through AI will happen before gender equality in the workplace and politics, we’ve asked the big questions and you’ll more than likely be surprised by the correct answers.
Watch our video above to find out how far off we really are from achieving equal pay in the UK.