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.”
Notes for editors
1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across government and the NHS.
2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.
3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants’ union".
4. For further information contact:
• Gareth Hills, ARC President, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07870 592356 .