Women in Brighton and Hove work more than a month for free

Women living in Brighton and Hove will effectively work more than a month for free this year due to the gender pay gap, figures show.

Office for National Statistics estimates show full-time female workers in Brighton and Hove earned an average of £18.73 an hour excluding overtime in April, while their male counterparts earned £21.9, a difference of 14.5%.

This means that by the end of the year, women will have effectively worked without pay since November 9.

In the UK, full-time female workers are paid an average hourly rate of £18.09, which is 11.3% less than the £20.04 hourly wage earned by men.

Hourly figures are used to remove the effect of overtime.

Equal Pay Day will be celebrated on November 20 – after which women across the country will effectively stop earning a living relative to men – by the Fawcett Society, which has said the rising cost of living means that it’s vital for women across the country to be aware of the pay gap.

Jemima Olchawski, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “Progress in tackling the gender pay gap is too slow and the evidence continues to mount that women want to see more action.

“In the context of labor shortages and a cost of living crisis, we really cannot afford not to act.

“We urgently need action from government and employers.”

The gender pay gap is the estimated difference between the average hourly pay of men and women for all jobs and differs from the concept of equal pay, which means that men and women doing the same job must be paid the same.

For part-time workers across the country, the gender pay gap was 0.2% last year, while in Brighton and Hove men earned 3.4% more than women in part-time positions.

The Fawcett Society has also called on the government to make flexible working available to everyone to help more women and mothers into work.

He said employers should also stop asking “discriminatory” questions about salary history and post salary brackets on job postings.

The government’s Center for Equality said the overall trend in the national gender pay gap has narrowed over time since 1997.

A spokesman added that the government had introduced legislation for the right to flexible working, shared parental leave and pay and doubling free childcare.

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