At the centenary of Suffragette Emily Davison’s death, pay inequality still exists for female workers says ARC
3 June 2013
(For immediate release)
One hundred years on from the incident leading to the death of Suffragette Emily Davison, there remain significantly lower pay differentials for women in the workplace says the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), the union representing senior staff in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
In response to the Government’s recent announcement – by the Minister for Women and Equalities, Jo Swinson – that it is carrying out a further consultation around equal pay audits, ARC President Gareth Hills said:
“In HMRC, women in senior grades can be paid up to 8% less than their male counterparts for the same work, dependent on grade, location and working pattern. In addition it is significantly more likely that men’s salaries are in the top quartile of the pay range and much less likely to be in the bottom quartile.
“The problem persists because HMRC’s decision to withdraw previous pay progression arrangements where employees advanced through the pay scales has been exacerbated, by successive years of pay freezes and the continuing 1% pay cap. That has had a disproportionate impact on women, leaving them disproportionately underpaid, often by thousands of pounds.
“It’s both infuriating and disheartening; on the one hand HMRC has made some welcome progress in seeking to improve representation of women at senior grades, but only in the past few weeks it has decided to impose reduced terms and conditions on staff when they are promoted.”