The Gender Pay Gap

Philippa Velija, Brian McDonough

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This chapter provides a sociological analysis of gender pay gap legalisation which was introduced in 2017 in the United Kingdom (UK) as a mandatory reporting tool for all employers with over 250 employees. In the chapter it starts by providing definitions of the terms and calculations used in gender pay gap reporting. The chapter develops a sociological understanding of the gender pay gap as part of long-term social processes, power, and shame. Finally, a case study exploring ASDA is discussed to consider the ways the gender pay gap is understood and how social change through legalisation might be enacted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociology, Work and Organisations
EditorsBrian McDonough, Jane Parry
PublisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781032323862
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Jul 2024

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