On Equal Pay Day, Young Women’s Trust calls for action

Friday 10 November 2017

On Equal Pay Day, Young Women’s Trust calls for action 

YWTCommenting on Equal Pay Day – the day that full-time women workers effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap of 14.1 per cent – Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“The full-time gender pay gap is 14 per cent and has not changed in the last three years. At this rate, today’s young women will be retired before equal pay becomes a reality. 

“The gap exists from the moment women start work. Young Women’s Trust research shows that young women apprentices earn eight per cent less than their male counterparts, leaving them more than £1,000 a year worse off. Often this is because the sectors women tend to work in – such as administration, health and social care and retail – are not valued and paid as much as they should be. Government data shows that male graduates of almost all degree subjects are out-earning women within just a few years of completing their degrees. We know too that the gap widens as women get older. 

“We need urgent action to improve young women’s prospects and give them hope for the future. This means valuing women’s work, supporting young women into male-dominated areas, which tend to pay more, and providing more flexible working opportunities to help employees balance work and family life. 

“Without action, today’s young women face a lifetime of unequal pay.” 


Notes to editor 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 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 Fawcett Society calculates ‘Equal Pay Day’ based on the percentage difference in the hourly average wages of men and women. The current overall gender pay gap for full time workers is 14.1 per cent, which means this year’s ‘Equal Pay Day’ will be on Friday 10 November – 86 per cent of the way through the year. The full-time gap has remained the same for the past three years.
  3. Young Women’s Trust commissioned ComRes to interview 500 current or recent apprentices in Great Britain online between 26th July and 11th August 2017. Data were weighted by age and gender. The survey found that:

a)    the average hourly pay for men is £7.25, compared to £6.67 for women – an eight per cent gender pay gap;

b)    the mean number of hours contracted to work per week is 36 hours; and

c)    a woman apprentice working 36 hours a week on average pay would therefore earn £1,085.76 less over the course of a year than a man working the same hours on the male average pay.

  1. Young Women’s Trust released a new report about ending gender segregation among apprentices earlier this month: https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/assets/0000/8200/Young_Women_and_apprenticeships.pdf

For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or on 07963018281.