BBC stars highlight equal pay day

India plunged 21 places in World Economic Forum’s annual gender report

India plunged 21 places in World Economic Forum’s annual gender report

The IEA report focussed on the Equal Pay Day campaign aimed at closing the alleged gap in wages and argued it was based on a "myth".

Eight out of ten women journalists at the BBC believe they are paid less than male counterparts, according to a survey carried out by the National Union of Journalists.

Friday 10th November is Equal Pay Day - a day which has been calculated to show that, because of the pay gap that exists between men and women, women will now effectively work "free" for the rest of the year.

BBC news correspondent Orla Guerin wrote: "When I started full-time work, in 1985, never occurred to me that I or any female colleague might be paid a penny less that a man for the same work".

With that in mind, the Women's Equality Party are encouraging women to set their out of office alert, reminding people that there is still a lot to be done to close the gender pay gap.

Last year, Icelandic women shortened their day by 14 per cent to represent the figure that women there, on average, earn less than men. At this rate, it will take 62 years to close - meaning that women starting in the world of work today, will never see pay equality.

Chief executive Sam Smethers said that was extremely worrying.

"We know that many other employers in the media industry are also offenders and will be working with our members in workplaces to carry out a series of surveys and studies, making equal pay a key industrial propriety for the NUJ".

The NUJ said it is pursuing action for equal pay on behalf of more than 100 of its members at the BBC.

The women's website The Pool announced the stunt to raise awareness of the fact that women earn 18.4 per cent less than the average man, with the gap widening for BAME women, mothers, and women in their 40s and 50s. Nearly a third (32%) of women who work part-time earn less than the £10,000 qualifying earnings threshold and are missing out on valuable employer contributions.

"There is an underlying pay gap that there should not be".

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