Firms are being urged to cease asking potential staff about their earlier wage as a consequence of considerations it’s conserving girls on decrease wages than males – as a report reveals the gender pay hole has elevated by greater than 1% in comparison with final 12 months.
The Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality, is asking on staff to cease asking the query because it releases a report back to mark the annual Equal Pay Day – the date when campaigners say girls successfully begin to work without spending a dime for the remainder of the 12 months as a result of, on common, they’re paid lower than males.
The group makes use of the typical, full-time, hourly gender pay hole for the UK to calculate the gender pay hole for Equal Pay Day.
This 12 months the pay hole for full-time staff is 11.9% – a rise from 10.6% final 12 months. Earlier than the pandemic, in 2019, the determine was 13.1%.
The pay hole for all staff, together with each full-time and part-time, is 14.9%. That is up from the 13.9% reported final 12 months and the 16.3% recorded in 2019.
The Fawcett Society has stated asking about wage historical past is contributing to the pay hole as it could result in “pay discrimination” following girls from function to function.
The group stated three out of 5 girls who’ve been requested about wage historical past believed it broken their confidence to barter higher pay, and it made them really feel as if a low previous wage was “coming again to hang-out them”.
Jemima Olchawski, Fawcett Society chief govt, stated: “At greatest wage historical past questions are annoying and our analysis reveals asking them can injury an employer’s repute.
“But it surely goes deeper than that – asking about wage historical past can imply previous pay discrimination follows girls, folks of color, and other people with disabilities all through their profession. It additionally means new employers replicate pay gaps from different organisations.”
The society stated its survey of two,200 adults advised that just one in 4 felt that pay must be based mostly on previous wage, in comparison with 80% for his or her talent and obligations and 77% for the worth of the work they do.
The report added that the tempo of change to shut the gender pay hole was “glacial”, including that extra wanted to be accomplished by the federal government and employers to sort out its causes, equivalent to discrimination and under-valuing of the forms of work girls do.
Shobaa Haridas, from East London Fawcett, who began a grassroots marketing campaign to cease employers asking about earlier salaries, stated: “In case you are an employer, asking for wage historical past is incompatible with a dedication to equal pay.
“Many employers have already ended this follow and we name on extra employers to take our pledge.”
Felicia Willow, Interim CEO of the Fawcett Society, stated the pandemic has made gathering the mandatory knowledge troublesome to work out the gender pay hole this 12 months. She added that the group might want to wait till furlough, knowledge assortment and different points have ended “earlier than we might be sure of what has occurred”.
Ms Willow continued: “Right now’s knowledge recommend the pay hole for (girls) could also be rising, and that motion is required to cease this turning right into a long-term improve within the gender pay hole.”
The Fawcett Society can also be calling on the federal government to require employers to have “necessary motion plans” to sort out gender pay gaps within the workforce.
The group additionally desires the federal government to take “daring motion” by enhancing childcare provision, making versatile working obtainable to everybody, and tackling the rising value of residing.