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Equal Pay Day

"Despite the Equal Pay Act in 1970, women still earn less than men in Britain today." - The Fawcett Society

Equal Pay Day is the point of the year after which women would be working for zero pay if they had the same annual income as their male colleagues. For 2017’s Equal Pay Day, the SU is hosting a walk-out where we are urging female students and staff to walk out of whatever they’re doing to help us make a huge “17%” out of people! We’re doing this because 17%* is the gender pay gap of West Yorkshire and has been increasing year-on-year since 2013. We want to lower it!

What we’re doing: On Friday 10th November at 3:30pm, female students and staff will meet in the University Plaza to create the image of “17%” - which will be photographed from above – before going back to work or university.

The Students’ Union also aims to do the following in order to influence educational institutions** in and around Huddersfield:

  • Publicly release its own results on our Gender Pay Gap by the end of November along with our Gender Pay Gap Briefing.
  • Deliver a statement from the Student’s Unions CEO, Rebekah Smith, that states our commitment as an organisation to continue tackling the Gender Pay Gap.
  • Start a conversation with student leaders at local organisations about holding their institutions to account.
  • To encourage the University of Huddersfield to publish their gender pay gap data early through Big Ideas.
  • To continue to encourage the University to work towards its stated aim in its Equality and Diversity in Employment 2015-2018 statement to “increase the number and proportion of female staff who are employed on senior staff contracts” and “increase the number and proportion of female staff in the top 4% of earners to match the sector median” and work in partnership with the university to identify new aims in its future Equality and Diversity in Employment paper.

How can you get involved?

The SU would love your support by joining us in walking out on Friday 10th November at 3:30pm to create the gender pay gap percentage.


* 17.1% gender pay gap is true as of 2016.
 **Institutions such a Kirklees College (Kirklees College has recently been ‘named and shamed’ by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) for having the largest gender pay gap of any university or college in the country.)