Businesses with over 250 employees will have to publish average salaries

David Cameron has announced he will force companies to reveal male and female employee earnings in a move to address the gender pay gap

Prime minister David Cameron has announced that UK businesses with over 250 employees will have to publish data for average male and female earnings – a measure intended to help tackle the gender pay gap.

Writing in The Times, Cameron said the move will “create the pressure we need for change, driving women’s wages up” and should “cast sunlight on discrepancies”.

The Conservative leader outlined his view that women get a “raw deal on pay” and said that, “as a father to two female daughters”, he wants them to “experience complete gender equality in the workplace”:

“When my daughters, Nancy and Florence, start work, I want them to look back at the gender pay gap in the same way we look back at women not voting and not working — as something outdated and wrong that we overcame, together.”

The pay gap between male and female workers is the sixth highest among EU nations and worse than than the average of 34 countries in the OECD – “overall, a woman still earns just 80p for every £1 earned by a man. That is a scandal.”

Commenting on the news, CV Library founder and managing director, Lee Biggins, said:

“It is encouraging to know that something concrete is being done about the gender pay gap as it is long overdue in this rapidly progressing world.  Demands for equal pay correspond with the lifestyle trends of the 21st Century, in that both men and women are more proactive and goal orientated within the working world and are consequently settling down later.

“A gender label shouldn’t be a reason for unequal pay as men and women alike have set their aspirations high in an attempt to advance within their industries.”

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