Young Women's Trust's response to ONS gender pay gap figures

Tuesday 29 October 2019

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Commenting on new ONS gender pay gap figures, Sophie Walker, Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust said: 

“As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act next year, it is shameful that women are experiencing a growing gender pay gap – demonstrating insufficient action from employers and government despite a lot of talk on equal pay. 

Today’s figures suggest the gender pay gap is close to zero for under 40s. At Young Women’s Trust we beg to differ. We hear every day from young women forced into part-time work when they take on caring responsibilities or those who have to drop out of the workplace altogether. 

Meanwhile our own research has found a third of employers say they haven’t taken action to improve their gender pay gap, while one in in ten admit they illegally pay women less than men for the same job.

Without urgent action today’s young women face a lifetime of unfair and unequal pay. Government must value young women and unlock their skills and potential. This means making flexible working a day one right, investing in childcare, strengthening the law on sexual harassment in the workplace and valuing the unpaid work that society continues to rely on women to do.”


To request an interview with Sophie Walker, or for more information on Young Women’s Trust’s policy recommendations, surveys or case studies, please contact Peter Simpson at or on 020 7837 2019.