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Do you agree with the recent comment by Kate Winslett that discussing the gap between male and female pay rates “is vulgar “ ?!

Well Kate, sorry, but it’s a sad fact of life that this remains an issue for many women in the workplace and what’s more – it’s unlawful.

Eurostate, the EU equivalent of the UK National Statistics office for the UK, show that the average gap in the gender within the EU is 16% but in the South East of England it was 25%.

However , it must be remembered that although mean hourly rate comparisons of men’s and women’s earnings are useful, it is rates of pay for comparable jobs which are the focus of equal pay legislation, and sometimes headline figures for gender pay gap may give a wrong impression and should not be treated as a indicator that women are receiving equal pay for equal work. It’s likely that the reality is even worse than the statistics suggest.

At Edwards & Co we have conducted a number of group cases for employees affected by this issue and have had considerable success for large numbers of clients who had been mistreated on these grounds.

If you’ve been affected by these issues and need legal advice contact Julie.leonard@edwardsandcompany.co.uk

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