Every so often, I get stunned by something that comes to light and it happened when I read that the Department of Labour has released a draft code that advocates for equal pay for men and women who do work of equal value.
I had a double take - I mean this is 2014, not the Dark Ages! But I also learned that – it’s in The Times today – we have an overall gender gap in South Africa, as measured by: economic participation, opportunity education, health, political empowerment.
It’s an overall gender gap of 25%, but our gender pay gap (referring to wages) is 35% and that’s the difference in overall wages paid to men and women, which is staggering.
The areas highlighted where men were paid more for doing the same work are: software development, building contractors, computer administration, nursing (which I found staggering), and HR. I think it really is appalling.
Today in South Africa - surely everybody supports equality, whether it’s religious, racial or gender-based: isn’t that a given in South Africa? It should be in the world – how can you then pay different salaries for people doing the same work? The answer I suppose is, ‘Because you can!'
Well surely it should be illegal to do this and the Department of Labour has released a draft code, advocating equal pay and the public has until the end of the month to comment, so let’s get big comment in on that one.
I suppose the question is ‘How has it taken so long to repeal this Neanderthal situation?’
I suppose it’s better late than never, but the fact that the situation still exists in South Africa, that left me staggered - John Robbie