1. Mind the gap
For every pound earned by a man in the UK, on average a woman earns 80p.
Yet the Equal Pay Act of 1970 prohibits lower pay for women.
In 2016, for the first time, companies with more than 250 employees have to publish figures showing the difference between the average pay of their male and female workers.
2. A lifetime of difference
Watch this one-minute animation about the major milestones that affect the gender pay gap.
3. Why it happens
Equality charity The Fawcett Society says there are four main reasons for the pay gap.
- Discrimination. Although it’s against the law, some women are still paid less for the same work.
- Caring. Women are more likely to care for their loved ones and have to work part-time.
- Tradition. Women are more likely to be in low paid and in low-skilled jobs or in "feminised” industries.
- Senior roles. Men continue to do most of the senior decision-making jobs.
4. Can I buck the trend?
Natasha gives one young woman some valuable advice on how to negotiate a pay rise.
Natasha Devon advises Alisa on how to negotiate a pay rise from her employer.
5. Why is equal pay a no-brainer?
Three prominent women share their thoughts on the gender pay gap.