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Subject Today is Equal Pay Day 2023
Date November 22, 2023 8:00 AM
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The day of the year women stop earning relative to men

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Equal Pay Day 2023: Unlocking flexible work
Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when, because of the gender pay gap, women overall in the UK stop being paid compared to men.

With a gender pay gap of 10.7%, that means:

๐Ÿ’ธ On average, working women take home ยฃ574 less than men each month (ยฃ6888 p/a)
๐Ÿ’ธ At the current rate of change, the gap won't close until 2051โ€”that's 28 years from now
๐Ÿ’ธ Women aged 40 and older (those born before 1983) won't see the gender pay gap close before they reach State Pension age

To mark EPD 23, today Fawcett is publishing new data and a report which shows that making flexible work the default is essential if we are to see the gender pay gap close more quickly.

Our research shows that women are accessing flexible work associated with lower-paid, lower-quality work, e.g. part-time, insecure work and zero-hours contracts, just in order to balance their caring responsibilities.

Women shouldn't be penalised or disadvantaged for working flexibly. It's time to make flex the default for everyone.

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Making Flexible Work the Default ([link removed])
Time and time again, women feel they have no choice but to accept lower quality work in exchange for flexibility. This must change. Our research shows:

๐Ÿ’ธ 40% of women who aren't currently working said that access to flexible work would mean they could take on paid work (32% of men who aren't working and 37% of people overall said the same).

๐Ÿ’ธ Women were significantly more likely to report working part-time (27%) compared to men (14%)

๐Ÿ’ธ Men were more likely to report having access to make desirable forms of flex work, like working term time only (outside of an education setting) (21%), working as part of a job share (18%), working a number of set hours flexibly across the year (15%), or working to commissioned outcomes (10%).

๐Ÿ’ธ 77% of women agreed that they would be more likely to apply for a job that advertises flexible working options.

We need to make flexible work the default in order to break the link between women and less-desirable flexible work, and encourage more equal division of labour between men and women.
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The Gender Pay Gap in the UK: Explained ([link removed])
Equal Pay Day explainer The gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly pay of women and men, as a proportion of men's pay. Fawcett uses the mean gender pay gap for full-time workers to calculate the date of Equal Pay Day.

Read more about why in our updated explainer, as well as:

๐Ÿ’ธ How the gender pay gap differs from pay discrimination
๐Ÿ’ธ How the gender pay gap has changed over time
๐Ÿ’ธ What causes the gender pay gap
๐Ÿ’ธ Our calls to action to close the gender pay gap for good

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This year, Equal Pay Day falls on the same day as the Autumn Statement, when the Chancellor will lay out his plan for our economy.

There is no plan for our economy that doesn't include a plan to close the gender pay gap, and that means making flexible work the default.

If you are an MP or a Peer who would like to speak to us about Equal Pay Day and flexible work, email Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer Zainab Asunramu. (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Equal%20Pay%20Day%202023)
Get involved
We need your help to spread the word that it's time to close the gender pay gap and make flex the norm for everyone.

Visit the Fawcett website to access our social media toolkit and find out more about how you can support the Equal Pay Day 2023 campaign.

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We've come a long way in 150 years, but we've got a long way to go.

Fawcett members make campaigns like Equal Pay Day possible. Their commitment and passion forms a crucial voice that means the Fawcett Society can have the biggest possible impact on women's equality for future generations.

We're fighting for equal pay, tackling misogyny, and campaigning tirelessly for women's representation in positions of power.

Together, we can make a society in which all women and girls are truly free to fulfil their potential.
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