According to the figures of GM4Women2028, the gender pay gap decreased in Greater Manchester comparing previous years. But the figures are still high and need to hard work.
On February 6, GM4Women2028- a research and advocacy group- made the third annual Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard at an online event that more than a hundred people attended. The topic was gender equality data that are targeted to success by 2028.
According to the latest figures on gender equality, Jill Rubery is a Professor at the University of Manchester and Director of the Work and Equalities Institute said:”: “The gender pay gap has narrowed quite significantly compared to the national average.”
She explained that even the numbers look good, it is just a result of the pandemic that low paid jobs disappeared during that period. She said “: “The gender pay gap is narrowing but it’s just because you’ve put all these people out of work and that’s not what you call progress. We need to pay attention to what kind of jobs women have as well as what they are earning in Greater Manchester.”
Jill Rubery said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to predict the figures. She explained decreasing figures don’t represent the gender pay gap clearly and the gender pay gap still exists for Greater Manchester. She lastly said that: “ “Next year I can confidently predict the gap narrow further and employment caps will be larger. That’s really disturbing so we don’t want to present this as good news,”