Britain’s new law requiring all companies with 250 or more employees to publically report their salary data and identify their gender pay gaps went into effect in April 2018. The gaps identified surprised no one: gender-based pay disparities exist at a vast majority of businesses, and often by a wide margin, according to Liz Alderman of the New York Times. A number of Western countries have recently taken similar steps with requiring gender gap reporting, operating from the same assumption that transparency and shame will force change. Gaps exist at some notable British companies:
- At Goldman Sachs women are paid an average of 56 percent less than men.
- At easyJet men outearn women by 52 percent.
- At WPP, the British advertising giant, women take home, on average, around one-quarter less.
- Mills & Reeve, a British law firm, pays women an average of 32 percent less than men.
- Follow the example of British women who started a #PayMeToo campaign on Twitter to encourage employees to talk about how much they are paid.
- Start their own collection of salary information within their companies and publish it to put pressure on their organization to close the pay gap.
- Demand that their legislators pass laws at the state and federal levels to bring about transparency.
- Vote for candidates who care about the gender pay gap.