Why do I earn less than a man?

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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.

Baroness Brady CBE

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Baroness Brady CBE

"The most successful companies in this country have women on the board – those companies are better to work for and are doing far better."

Diane Abbott MP

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Diane Abbott MP

"It's 40 plus years after the Equal Pay Act, but women bosses still earn £21,000 less than male counterparts. Long way to go.”

Baroness Prashar CBE

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Baroness Prashar, CBE

“(The) problem is one of demand and that ethnic minority women face substantial barriers and often work below their level of skills and qualifications.”