Few will disagree that the gender pay gap remains one of the biggest barriers to achieving equality for women at work. Eurostat figures from March 2015 show women earning 16.4% less than men.
Equal pay for equal work has been enshrined as a principle in the EU’s founding treaties since 1957. The European Commission has taken several steps over the years to tackle the gender pay gap across the EU, and aims to close it through legislative and non-legislative means. Although there has been good progress, the gender pay differential has proved to be a persistent trend. On a global level, the International Labour Office (ILO) has noted that ‘without targeted action, at the current rate, pay equity between women and men will not be achieved before 2086….’
This EU Briefing looks at the state of play across Europe, highlighting considerable differences in the countries of the EU. It examines the root causes of the gender pay gap and the approaches that countries are taking to tackle the issue, looking in particular at the case of the UK, where the Government has put forward plans for pay transparency.
View the CIPD’s response to the UK Government’s consultation on its proposals for regulations requiring companies in the private and voluntary sectors with over 250 staff to publish gender pay information.