Ending the gender pay gap

Wherever you are in the world, it’s impossible to avoid the conversation surrounding the gender pay gap.

In the UK, Carrie Grace tendered her resignation to the BBC, accusing the broadcaster of promoting a “secretive and illegal” pay culture and discriminating against women. In Hollywood, we recently saw a controversial story break alleging that Michelle Williams earned a shocking 1% of Mark Wahlberg’s fee when they were forced to reshoot scenes from their most recent film. Wahlberg has since donated the $1.5 million he was paid for the reshoot to the Time’s Up campaign, in Williams’ name.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Last week Iceland announced that the country had made it illegal to pay men more than women and was hoping to end its gender pay gap by 2020. Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, said: “I think now people are starting to realise that this is a systematic problem we have to tackle with new methods”.

Shortly after the news broke, both France and Germany announced they would be embarking on similar measures.

Gender pay gap in the UK

So, will the UK be joining its fellow Europeans in ditching the gender pay gap? Despite the Equal Pay Act being past in 1970, the UK still ranks 15th in the world in 2017 with a 16.9% pay gap between men and women. If every business were to experience a Carrie Grace-style walk-out, losing female staff overnight, the economy would grind to a halt.

It seems now is the time for the UK to act and, like Iceland, take a proactive approach to ensure companies are following set guidelines and valuing all members of staff, regardless of gender.

We feel that the UK travel industry is quite far advanced compared to the rest of the world in terms of gender equality. At mid-management level, salaries are definitely the same for both men and women. It’s only as staff become more experienced that the salaries tend to change. We work hard to ensure all our clients receive equal treatment, regardless of gender, and negotiate salaries on behalf of the candidates.

Outside of travel, it’s time for the UK to follow the example of its European counterparts and work to end the gender pay gap once and for all.

What do you think of the gender pay gap? Are you pleased it’s receiving more coverage in the media? Is it something you’ve experienced within your own role?

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