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No Pay Day

Today is No Pay Day in Scotland, which means that women will be effectively working for free for the next 48 days due to the gender pay gap.

Close the Gap newsround (49)

This edition for September and October captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes, including pay discrimination and occupational segregation.

Close the Gap newsround (48)

This edition for July and August captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes, including pay discrimination and occupational segregation.

Close the Gap newsround (42)

This edition for January and February captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes, including pay discrimination and occupational segregation.

Close the Gap newsround (37)

This edition for November captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes, including pay discrimination and occupational segregation.

Close the Gap newsround (30)

This edition for August captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes, including pay discrimination and occupational segregation.

Close the Gap newsround (24)

This edition captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes.

Close the Gap newsround (23)

This edition captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes. There is also information about Close the Gap's next event.

February 24: Work Your Proper Hours Day

Feb 24 is Work Your Proper Hours Day. This date is when the average worker in the UK who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year and starts working for themselves. 

Research reveals the majority of women can't afford to save for retirement

Research has revealed that the number of women saving enough for their retirement has reached a seven year high. The Scottish Widows Women and Pensions Report 2011 has found that 50% of women are now saving adequately for their retirement, up from 43% in 2010. It’s not all good news though as the research also shows that more women are saving nothing at all towards their retirement, 23% compared with 17% of men. Furthermore, 71% of women say they can't afford to save long term compared to 60% of men.

High cost of childcare forces women back in the home

The latest government statistics have revealed that an increasing number of women are being forced to give up their jobs because of the high cost of childcare.  The number of women who have given up paid employment to stay at home and look after their children has risen by 32,000 in the past year.  The average cost of full-time childcare is £385 a month but this rises to £729 for children under the age of two.

'Edwardian' maternity leave to be able to be shared with fathers* under new proposals

The UK Government has announced that it will be conducting a root and branch reform of existing maternity and paternity leave entitlements, to move provision away from the existing 'Edwardian' arrangements. Speaking to Demos, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, set out details of a consultation process, which would ultimately seek to allow families to divide responsibilities for baby care in the way that most suits their needs. 

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