Nus Ghani MP has expressed her support for new Government plans to end the gender pay gap, as new figures come to light showing that the difference between the male and female median hourly wage in Wealden is 20.8% in favour of men.
This is above the national average of 19.2% and compares extremely unfavourably with places such as nearby Hove, where it is 4.2%.
The Government announced last week that it will expect all companies with more than 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap on their website – including their bonus gap – and will also produce league tables by sector so there is true transparency.
The Government Equalities Office will work with employers to make sure that they can get the most from the talent pool, and a half a million pound package of support and work will seek to tackle the root causes of the gap.
Commenting, Nus Ghani MP said:
These announcements are an important first step towards ending the gender pay gap once and for all. Through greater transparency among the largest companies, the principle of equal pay for equal work regardless of gender should become more embedded throughout society and the economy.
In Wealden, we have a gender pay gap of 20.8% which in my view is unacceptable. I have written to our local Chambers of Commerce and hope to work closely with them to raise awareness of this shocking statistic and to tackle its causes so that the gender pay gap is no more.
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