I highlighted in the Commons last week that the gender pay gap between women and men currently sits at nearly 15% - a shocking figure. I returned to this subject today, on International Women's Day.
We know that women are not a homogenous group, so this worrying gap will further vary based on intersecting characteristics, including ethnicity and disability status.
I asked the Minister to reflect upon the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day ‘Embrace equity’ and commit to mandating gender pay gap reporting and action plans for all employers, as well as introducing ethnicity and disability pay gap reporting requirements.
She was not keen, which is disappointing. Action is needed, and without it, we will get precisely nowhere.