Unequal pay for male and female employees who do the same, or broadly similar, jobs has been illegal in the UK since 1970 when the Equal Pay Act was passed. But it still happens.
In June 2018 the BBC’s former China editor Carrie Gracie won her unequal pay claim after it emerged she was being paid around £100,000 less than a male counterpart. And it didn’t end there: BBC presenter Samira Ahmed is currently in the process of suing the broadcaster for unequal pay.
Unequal pay doesn’t just impact high profile women. Research released on Thursday by the UK’s leading charity for gender equality, the Fawcett Society, shows 60 per cent of women in workplaces across the UK either don’t know what their male colleagues earn or believe they are earning less than men doing the same job.