Is your company about to be publicly shamed for paying women less than men?

It could get awkward

In an effort to eliminate the gender pay gap, David Cameron has announced all companies with more than 250 employees will be forced to publish data showing what men and women are paid.

The prime minister said it “will cast sunlight on the discrepancies and create the pressure we need for change, driving women’s wages up”.

Women in the UK are paid nearly 20% less than men for full time work. Women are often paid less than men for the same job – however, the large gap is mostly due to the difference in career paths that men and women take. For example, women make up nearly four in every five admin positions, while the engineering, tech and science industries are nearly 90% male, according to the Office for National Statistics.

CBI deputy director-general Katja Hall said publishing the pay information “could be misleading” but addressing the gender pay gap was the “right priority”.

She said: “We will work with the government to ensure that rules on what is published are flexible enough to be relevant to each company.

“To see real progress, however, we need to challenge occupational stereotypes by encouraging more women into male-dominated industries and investing in careers advice.”

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