Equal Pay Day: BITC calls on employers to publish their parental leave policies on their website

Thursday 14 November 2019 marks Equal Pay Day, the point in the calendar at which the average man has earned the amount the average women will over the course of the year.

The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap, which has historically seen women around the world earn less than their male counterparts. From now until the end of 2019, the average woman can be considered to be working for free.

Charlotte Woodworth, gender equality director at Business in the Community (BITC), said:

“Each year, Equal Pay Day comes around far too early. Rather than closing the gap, this year the difference in men and women’s pay has widened for the first time in six years.

“If you want to know whether a business works for women, the size of their pay gap is a good place to start. Employers who are open about their gender pay gap and develop meaningful plans to address it – and who also track and publish the difference in pay for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) employees – are leading the way when it comes to tackling the scourge of unequal pay.

“BITC’s Equal Lives report, carried out in partnership with Santander, set out clear recommendations for closing the gap. In making flexible working the default, publishing parental their leave policies on organisational websites and ensuring shared parental leave is more accessible to all, businesses can take real action to close the pay gaps. Greater transparency around parental leave policies allows people of all genders to make informed choices about their next step and sets out companies as employers of choice.

“To mark Equal Pay Day, employers can commit to one simple action to show their commitment to levelling pay inequality: publicise their parental leave policies for all to see.”

Media contact 

Cathy Beveridge, media and external affairs manager, Business in the Community, 07776 181945, cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk 

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