The debate over equal pay for women is heating up, it pains me to report. You might ask why, as a female and a business owner, that it would distress me to see a good healthy debate about gender bias in the workplace.
Well…actually that’s not what I’m upset about. What gets me riled is that its now 2008, and we are still discussing it.
In Britain, there has been equal pay legislation in place for more than 30 years. Yet, women in full time work are still mostly in lower-paid occupations and earned 17.2 per cent less than men last year. And part-time female employees earned 35.6 less than their male counterparts. It’s shocking.
To me, the solution is obvious: pay people who do jobs of equal value, equally. Apply the rule consistently. I cannot understand why, 30 years after the fact, this is open to debate.
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