Equal Pay Day in the United Kingdom

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Gender Pay Gap in the United Kingdom

The gender pay gap ranges in the United Kindgom (UK) with around 20.8 per cent (2017) above European average.

Equal Pay Day in the United Kingdom

Fawcett Society

On November 10, 2017, the Fawcett Society organised a variety of events for the Equal Pay Day. Among the supporters were Sadiq Khan, Caroline Lucas and Maria Miller.

On November 10, 2016, the Equal Pay Day 2016 has been initiated by the Fawcett Society. Theme of the campaign was the value of work following the hashtag #EqualValue. The aim of the campaign was to share good examples and stories of what people do to close the gap and why this matters to them.

The Fawcett Society held the Equal Pay Day on November 9, 2015, signalling the date women stop earning until the end of the year. This year's motto has been " Women - Like Men, Only Cheaper".


On March 2019, specific street action around the statue of a famous sufragette of Emmeline Pnakhurst took place in Manchester. Even the Guardian took up the event.

On March 11, 2016, BPW UK held the Equal Pay Day 2016 and calls upon citizens to write a letter to their MPs and MEPs asking what they are doing to promote equal pay and call for further action.

On March 11, 2015, the EPD took place in the UK. On this date, the delegation of BPW UK attended the Conference on the Status of Women #59 in New York. The delegation distributed information material, talked to many people in the streets about equal pay and posed with the EPD flag in various places in New York City.

In addition, BPW UK joined the International Women's Day parade on March 8, 2015, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, demonstrating for equal pay.

Traditionally, on the equal pay day, the trade unions coalition and the Fawcett Society are also actively pushing for the enforcement of the principle of equal pay.

Related Links

Equal Pay Day in the United Kingdom


BPW Europe: Equal Pay Day 2019

Trade Unions Coalition: The campaign for equality continues 50 years on from strikes at Ford Dagenham

Fawcett Society (2016). Equal Pay

Equal Pay Portal UK

EQUAL PAY NOW: UK Equal Pay – Fair wages in 2019

Further Reading

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2015). Pregnancy and Maternity Related Discrimination and Disadvantage First findings: Surveys of Employers and Mothers. BIS Research Paper No. 235

European Commission: Gender pay gap in EU countries based on SES (2014), 2018

European Commission: The gender pay gap in the United Kingdom, 2018