Pay gap widens for women

MP Gloria De Piero
MP Gloria De Piero

Shocking figures have shown that women in Eastwood are missing out as the pay gap between genders in the area has grown.

Analysis of figures from the Office of National statistics has shown that women living in Eastwood earn just 81.5p, for every £1 earnt by men.

They have also shown the median earning per hour of women in the area to be £8.99, compared with the £10.29 of men. Now Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero has hit out at the current Government over the figures.

Ms De Piero, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women, said that women in the Eastwood area deserve better.

She added: “It seems extraordinary in an age where girls are outperforming boys at school, going to university in greater numbers and running FTSE100 companies that pay inequality still exists, but it does.

“What is really depressing is that things are, in my view, going backwards on David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s watch.

“Women in Eastwood deserve much better than this and they can’t afford to wait another 44 years for pay equality, and neither can Britain.”

The figures, which come 44 years after Labour introduced the Equal Pay Act, have shown that the median gap between men and women’s hourly pay rates in Eastwood is 18.5 percent, excluding overtime.

They reveal that last year, the average pay gap actually rose for the first time since 2008, with the East Midlands being the third highest reigon in terms of pay-gap size.

Across the country, a third of women in work are now in ‘low-wage jobs’, and nationally a record six million women are working part-time where hourly pay is on average a third less than they could expect in afull-time job.

Ms De Piero added: “When it comes to supporting women to get ahead this Government has one massive blind spot.

“Hardly surprising some may say from a cabinet with just three women out of 22 full members.”

Additionally, the figures show that some three quarters of a million women are now on zero hour contracts.

Gloria said that the Labour party has announced a number of policies to make work pay for the majority of women working in low-wage and insecure jobs by substantially increasing the national minimum wage and offering more support for mums who want to increase their working hours.