Gender pay gap ‘ridiculous’ says South Shields businesswoman

Jacqui Chapman has welcomed moves to name and shame firms which pay men more than women.
Jacqui Chapman has welcomed moves to name and shame firms which pay men more than women.

A South Tyneside businesswoman has welcomed moves to name and shame firms which pay men more than women.

The Government has unveiled plans to make large companies reveal how much they pay male and female employees on average.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the aim was to eradicate pay inequality within a generation and the move would ‘cast sunlight on the discrepancies and create the pressure we need for change, driving women’s wages up’.

Jacqui Chapman, director of South Shields-based JC Events Ltd, a leading events production company, said the Prime Minister was right to press ahead with plans – but it was a shame that there is still a problem of gender pay inequality to address.

Ms Chapman, who lives in Murton, County Durham, said: “It is ridiculous, in this day and age, that men are still paid more than women for doing the same job.

“Women work just as hard and are every bit as intelligent, motivated and ambitious when it comes to their jobs.

“They should be respected for the part they play in supporting this country’s economy, and that should be reflected in their pay packets.

“I am the only woman running a production management company in the North East and I would be bitterly disappointed if clients valued my work at less than others in this industry.

“Unfortunately, that is what is happening in workplaces across the country and it is simply unfair and unnecessary and should be stamped out.”