After 50 years of equal pay legislation, the UK's gender pay gap remains at a stubborn 15.5% and 29,000 equal pay complaints are still brought forward each year.
While gender pay gap reporting was made mandatory in 2018, just publicising the significant gender pay gaps in UK companies hasn't forced them to take any concrete action to address gender pay inequality.
In particular, companies' gender pay gap reports almost always assume that they do not have an equal pay issue. This takes the form of blaming historical reasons that women have not been promoted into higher-grade work as the root cause of their gender pay gap, rather than interrogating their pay practices to ensure that women are receiving equal pay for work of equal value.
Our latest report, 50 Years is Long Enough: A Report by The Equality Trust into Unlawful Pay Discrimination, analyses and critiques FTSE 100 gender pay gap reporting and progress and makes recommendations to end unlawful pay discrimination.
50 years is long enough: it's time to turn up the heat on regulators, businesses and the government to finally address unequal pay.
What are we striving to achieve?
We are calling on shareholders, trade unions, ethical consumers, regulators and politicians to take immediate action to finally end unlawful gender pay inequality. We are calling for those companies with a significant gender pay gap to eliminate high-risk pay practices, introduce a contractual "right to know" policy and undertake gender pay gap reporting by grade.
Through the #EqualPay50 campaign, we are building a broad-based coalition that can effect lasting change, and undertaking campaigning activity to increase dissatisfaction for the UK's lack of progress in implementing the equal pay legislation among people of all genders.
This project is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.