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On this day 50 years ago…

On 29 May 1970, The Equal Pay Act (1970) was given Royal Assent.

This was perceived to be landmark legislation at the time, but sadly, the Office of National Statistics surveys still show a UK median gender pay gap in excess of 17%. While unequal pay is only one factor that contributes towards this gap, many argue that the UK’s equal pay legislation is outdated, ineffective and in need of reform.

Thankfully, the latest UK Armed Forces Gender Pay Gap report (produced March 2019) revealed no appreciable (less than 0.5%) gender pay gap. What that also means of course is that there is no gender gap today in the calculation of Armed Forces Pension rates, as was the case back in the 1980s.

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