Gender pay gap: Fife women’s average hourly pay almost 10% less than men
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Women's rights charity, the Fawcett Society, said progress in reducing the gender pay gap is too slow, and called on the Government to introduce measures to help women into higher-paying work, especially during the cost-of-living crisis.
Office for National Statistics estimates show full-time female workers in Fife earned an average of £16.68 per hour excluding overtime as of April, while their male peers earned £18.5 – a gap of 9.8%.
It means that by the end of the year, women will have effectively worked without pay since November 26.
Across the UK, the full-time female workforce is paid an average hourly rate of £18.09 – 11.3% less than the £20.04 hourly wage earned by men.
Equal Pay Day will be marked on November 20 – after which women across the country effectively stop earning relative to men – by the Fawcett Society, which said the rising cost of living means raising awareness of the pay gap is vital for women across the country.
Jemima Olchawski, chief executive, said: "Progress on tackling the gender pay gap is too slow and evidence continues to stack up that women want to see more being done.
"In the context of labour market shortages and the cost-of-living crisis, we really can’t afford not to act.
"We urgently need action from both the Government and employers."
The gender pay gap is the estimated difference between the average hourly wage for men and women across all jobs and is different from the concept of equal pay, which means men and women doing the same job must be paid the same.
For part-time workers across the country, the gender pay gap was 0.2% last year, while in Fife, men earned 2.4% more than women in part-time roles.
The Government's Equality Hub said the overall trend of the national gender pay gap has decreased over time since 1997.
A spokesperson added that the Government has introduced legislation for the right to flexible working, shared parental leave and pay, and doubling free childcare.