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Women in the UK already earn less than men. The coronavirus is making that worse

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Friday, November 20 marks the day women in the United Kingdom effectively stop being paid.

According to a report released Friday by the gender equality organization the Fawcett Society, 50% of employed women from the UK's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and 43% of employed white women -- compared to 35% of employed white men -- say that the pandemic has made them worried about their job or promotion prospects.

This year, only half of employers and 70% of high-profile FTSE 100-listed companies disclosed their gender pay gap data, according to a report by the UK's Equality Trust.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Equality Trust called that process "paltry," noting that since the introduction of mandatory pay gap reporting, the gap between bonuses given to men and women on average had increased by 179%.

Calling on the government to reinstate gender pay reporting and transparency, the trust's Executive Director Wanda Wyporska said that 50 years after the UK Equal Pay Act was passed, "women are still being undervalued, underpaid and to add insult to injury, there is little if any progress on the gender pay and bonus gaps.

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