According to Guardian, United Kingdom employers will start reporting on gender pay gap by 2018, if MPs and Cameron will approve the draft. Unions are angered by delays but there is nothing they can do: female employees who think their salary is lower than their male colleagues have, might have to wait a year or two.
This move, which is protested by Tories and large businesses, will allow government to control wage rates to keep diverse approach. Although it’s illegal to pay different wages to men and women doing same jobs by law, many employers still violate this rule, providing the insufficient amounts to female workers, opposed by male employees’ salaries.
New law won’t affect small businesses, just ones that have more than 250 employees at the time of report. About eight thousand companies will have to make their wages data public, so UK government could warn those who implement gender pay gap. The gap currently stands at 19.2% point in The UK, other states may have it even worse. UK data means that every earned pound by man equals 80 pennies earned by woman.
“In recent years, we’ve seen the best employers make ground-breaking strides in tackling gender inequality. But the job won’t be complete until we see the talents of women and men recognised equally and fairly in every workplace.”
Nicky Morgan, the UK equalities minister and education secretary
This is not the first time such law is being proposed, the 2010 Equalities Act failed to gain enough support among MPs. The key difference that time was the voluntary approach, but the amendment didn’t see the light of day.
Up to this moment, only five companies agreed on publishing gender pay gap – Tesco, Friends Life, PwC, AstraZeneca and Genesis Housing.
Will it give a boost for equality and diversities for other countries, inspired by example of the UK? Time will tell.