Tackle pay inequalities for women joining the workforce

Tuesday 16 July 2019

YWT logoResponding to Office for National Statistics data on the state of the UK labour market Young Women’s Trust’s director of campaigns and communications Joe Levenson said: 

“In the last quarter fewer young women were unemployed and economically inactive, which is welcome progress. 459,000 young women remain out of work and we hope the Government will focus on supporting them. 

“Those in work require more support, too. For working women, the gender pay gap persists, meaning many are still struggling to make ends meet. 

“This is compounded for young women by the fact that under-25s are not entitled to the Government’s national “living wage”, meaning they can be paid less for the same work, despite having the same cost of living. 

“To help young women become financially independent the Government should make it mandatory for organisations with a gender pay gap to publish plans to close it and extend the national “living wage” to under-25s.” 


Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. The Office for National Statistics today published UK labour market data for the period from March 2019 to May 2019.
  3. Young Women’s Trust released a report looking into the reasons behind young women’s economic inactivity in November 2017. The research shows that a third of economically inactive women want to work now and 86 per cent at some point in the future but they are not given the support they need.
  4. For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 020 7837 2019 or bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org.