Un-fairer sex? Women in Redbridge paid £132 less than men a week

PUBLISHED: 12:28 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:31 23 February 2016

Diana Neslen, Chairman of Redbridge Equalities and Community Council

Diana Neslen, Chairman of Redbridge Equalities and Community Council


Women in Redbridge earn almost £7,000 a year less than men, according to new figures.

As the government announces it will name and shame businesses who fail to address the gender pay gap, the Recorder can reveal women in Redbridge on average are paid £132.10 less than men in the borough per week.

Data compiled by the Annual Survey of Hours and Earrings (ASHE) found out that the average full-time male worker’s average gross weekly salary was £699.80, while a female full-time worker only took home £567.70 – resulting in a £6,869 gap over a year.

Diana Neslen, chairman at Redbridge Equality and Community Council (RECC), said: “It seems scandalous that 46 years after the Equal Pay Act was enshrined in legislation, we are still finding that women are paid less.

“The one way to challenge this discrimination would be to make it mandatory for businesses to publicise their pay scales – this would give the public the chance to challenge inequalities in pay.

“It is vital for us, therefore, to be told about the pay rates businesses offer, because that would enable the tactic promoted by the minister for women of naming and shaming employers to be more effective.”

Building on the Prime Minister’s pledge to end the gender pay gap in a generation, women and equalities minister Nicky Morgan said companies failing to address the gender pay gap would be highlighted in new league tables.

“I am announcing a raft of measures to support women in their careers from the classroom to the boardroom, leaving nowhere for gender inequality to hide,” she said.

Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for a fairer Redbridge, said while it is important to close the gender gap, local authorities could not do it alone.

She said: “As a council there’s only so much we can do to influence what local businesses pay workers in the borough, but I would encourage them to make sure they’re doing what they can to ensure all the employees are paid equally.

“Increased transparency about gender pay gaps is a useful step into looking at what the issues are and what can be done to reduce it.”

Chamber of Commerce chairman Geoff Hill said people should be paid the same rate for the same job.

He added: “There are still a lot of differentials, not just gender, but we want business to pay the most they can afford.

“There should be equal pay for equal work.”

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