For most of the last parliament, David Cameron resisted forcing businesses to publish details of the pay gap between men and women. But the prime minister had a change of heart, signalling he wanted to ?create the pressure we need to change? gender pay differentials. Forty-five years since the Equal Pay Act was introduced, women still earn on average almost 20 per cent less than their male counterparts. Mr Cameron believes interventionism is required to shift the dial - a policy that featured in the Tory manifesto. Most business groups and think-tanks agree the gap needs closing but are unconvinced that this is the right route.
This article was published in Financial Times, 15th July