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Women lawyers typically work 12 months for the price of 10

By Linda Stewart, Head of Employment, Simpson Millar

22 January 2015

Equal Pay Day arrived in the UK on
4 November 2014 - earlier in the year than ever before. The day marks the point at which a full-time woman stops earning relative to the average full-time man. In 2014, women effectively worked for free for 57 days - three days longer than in 2013.

The Equal Pay Act 1970 came into force in 1975. So why, with over 40 years of equal pay law and myriad family-friendly regulations, does the gender pay gap still exist? In addition, why aren't more law firms taking action to ensure women lawyers are given the same opportunities as men to progress?

In November 2014, the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings reported a "narrowing of the gender pay gap to 9.4% compared with 10.0% in 2013" based on median hourly earnings for full-time employees. While a reduction in the pay gap is a welcome sign, it really ough...

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