Monday, 24 July 2017

Gender pay gap- what is the reality?

The release of the BBC annual report which disclosed the salaries of the highest wage earners provoked a discussion about Gender pay disparity. and an open letter from female staff to the BBC.

how are some more facts to consider about the Gender pay gap.
 The uk has introduced mandatory Gender pay gap reporting.

Voluntary, private and public sector employers with 250 or more employees will be required to publish their figures by April 2018. some reports are already available

The interactive tool offered by the Office for National Staistics helps you explore the gap by profession.

this is based on the Annual Survey of hours and earnings
the Fawcett society blog has details about is Equal pay campaign

TUC campaigns including videos and research reports can be downloaded from their website

Equal Pay blog has commentary on recent events.

worldwide ‘Closing the Gender Pay gap would take 95 years’

Across OECD nations at current rates of progress according to the latest PWC Women in work report. It estimates that closing the gap could increase total female earnings by US$2 trillion. The report reviews progress made and ranks OECD nations. The UK is currently listed as 13th in 2015. At the top of the ranking are Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

Other useful resources on Gender pay gaps include:

ILO data and reports on unequal gender access to the labour market

World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap report which examines health, education, economy and politics. In 2016 it recorded a slowdown in the progress to equality and calculated 120 years to achieve complete parity.

Is cricket a suitable game for women?

With the recent success of the womens cricket team in the world cup.
it is difficult to remember that cricket was once seen as unsuitable for women.
in 1925 it released a film will ladies ever play at Lords? 1931 this pathe news film had the heading is cricket suitable for Eve? in response to newspaper reports that it was not.
you can browse more period gems like this on their website

A good recent article giving an overview of the history of Womens cricket by Raf Nicolson was published in June 2017 Cricket Monthly. She is a specialist historian on this topic and her twitter CRICKETher covers recent and historical events.
The Guardian newspaper also published a useful brief article.

Other starting points include the
Womens Cricket history website
which has Women's Cricket Association Yearbooks and reports from 1926 onwards.
there are also some fascinating archive copies of Womens cricket magazine from the 1920s onwards.
they include the first special issues in Hockey and Lacrosse magazine and then the launch of a magazine devoted entireley to cricket where you can find photographs of players, adverts of equipment, match reports and tips!

Keep up to date with recent academic research on the H-Sport network (covering all sports) it has lists of recent theses as well as discussion and events.
one such was
A History of English Women’s Cricket, 1880-1939

For information on rising participation in the last couple of years see the recent English Cricket Board annual report

Sport England's Active PeopleSurvey began in 2005/06 and measures the number of people taking part in sport across the nation, with findings published every six months.It also has a section on women's participation in sport in general.
For information on campaigns  seekign to increase female participation see Women in sport which has a research library. and the current This Girl Can initiative.

for details on forthcoming events see these websites

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

What do UK workers earn? BBC stars and more!

Today the BBC released details of its top stars pay
Read the full facts from the annex to the latest BBC annual report.

How does this compare to other high pay earners in the UK. The High Pay Centre think tank monitors and has reports on other high wage earners.
 according to their 2016 annual survey the average FTSE 100 CEO earnt a package of over 5 million!

For statistics on average hours and rates of pay- se the Office for National Statistics website. They produce the Annual Survey of Hours and earnings by sector.
Various reports have analysed trends and inequality.
IFS also has detailed analysis

It recently recorded that 'Median family earnings (before tax) in one-earner couples with children are 11% lower in real terms than 20 years ago.'

This theme of pay inequality is also being highlighted by the TUC Britain needs a pay rise campaign

and there are general regional imbalances of pay between different areas. recent analysis revealed.  that real wages in the region are 2% lower, on average, than they were in 2008.

How about wages in other countries.
For a gloabl persepctive consult the ILO website 
It has a Global Wage database. on income and hours.