What needs to change? The over-representation of women, most ethnic minority groups and disabled people in low-paid, elementary occupations.
This is according to the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. This paper sets out what needs to change and who needs to take action to reduce gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps.
The report finds:
Some elements of pay gaps result from the choices people make about balancing work with other aspects of their lives, though these choices may be dictated or constrained by stereotypes about the roles people, particularly women, are expected to play in society
Part-time work is predominantly low-paid work and therefore the choice to work flexibly inevitably leads to lower pay
The Welsh Government has set clear equality objectives to identify and reduce the causes of employment, skills and pay inequalities
In April 2017, the UK Government introduced gender pay gap reporting for private companies across Great Britain and for public bodies in England
The Scottish and Welsh Governments already required pay gap reporting by public bodies.
Read the full report (pdf).
Our legal system is failing women and needs fundamental reform, finds a January 2018 report from the Fawcett Society.
The UK should act upon the UN Committee’s recommendations, and this should be done with the full involvement of disabled people and their organisations.
This is from the EHRC’s January 2018 report on the UK’s work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
‘Women in the UK have benefited greatly from membership of the EU/EEC’, argues Annick Masselot and Roberta Guerrina in a January 2018 article for the Cambridge University Press.
In December 2017, the Women and Equalities Select Committee (WEC) launched an inquiry into sexism and sexual harassment faced by women.
They want to investigate why it happens, what the impact is and how to prevent it.
“Warning bells are sounding that rights women have gained during 42 years of EU Membership could be at risk, and in some instances wiped out.” This is according to the Deeds Not Words colloquium report, published in January 2018.
To mark a 100 years since women won the right to vote and stand for Parliament, the Government have launched a £1.5 million grant scheme that will support local and community groups across England, in January 2018.
The Women’s Budget Group is recruiting a Treasurer to join their Management Committee.
Sexism in schools is endemic – but it is not inevitable, finds a December 2017 report from UK Feminista and the National Education Union (NEU).
Britain and the European Union’s negotiators have published a December 2017 progress report on Brexit.