Gender Pay Gap

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I. Introduction The gender pay gap is currently a prominent issue for women in Europe as will be demonstrated in the subject to be explored; equal pay rights. Across the EU Member States the scale of the percentage of gender pay gap (GPG) varies widely. However, due to national legislation and efficacy this changes have been created in the way women earn. This essay will examine the debate of gender equality in the work space and the ways in which women can be protected by equal pay rights. The GPG demonstrates the difference between men and women solely based on their income. According to the European Commission, “The gender pay gap is the difference between men’s and women’s pay, based on the average difference in gross hourly earnings…show more content…
There are various causes for this which include gender roles, discrimination in the work place, and generally undermining or undervaluing women’s work and skills. These are all ideas that stem from a traditional concept of women having to remain in the home and raise the children as men work. As time has passed, however, women have been granted more opportunities in the work force yet still struggle to be viewed as equals to their male counterparts. Society 's core values have not moved in tandem with the changes in the work…show more content…
The Equality Act (The Act) entails the entitlement of a woman doing equal work with a man in the same employment to equality in pay and other terms and conditions. This protects women in the workplace in the sense that they do not have the disadvantage where they are paid less for working the same job or a similar job that entails comparable skills. The Act also entails a sex equality clause into a woman’s contract automatically, making sure that she has contractual terms that are no less favourable than her male colleague 's. In this case, the man who she is claiming equal pay to is known as her comparator. A woman is eligible to claim pay that is equal to her comparators based on whether or not they have the same occupation, or a job that requires similar skills and

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