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This is what happened when this pub charged an 18% ‘man tax’

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This weekend, Saturday 10 November, marks Equal Pay Day in the UK so Stylist went down the pub to add an 18% subcharge to men’s food and drink orders…

It’s 2018 and we’re 217 years away from closing the gender pay gap.

But, it’s not all doom and gloom, because, if anything, pledges have been made by the government to improve the disparity, and businesses are actively trying to close the gap too by getting involved in the gender pay gap reporting over the past few months.

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%.

And recent figures have shown that 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%).

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Equal Pay Day 2018, which takes place on Saturday 10 November, marks the point in the calendar year when women in the UK effectively start working for free thanks to the gender pay gap.

So as we mark the day this year, Stylist went down the pub to see change in action. Watch our video above to see what happened when the Stylist team went down the pub to add an 18% subcharge to men’s food and drink orders.

You can read more on the gender pay gap here.  

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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