Today is Equal Pay Day in the UK. This means that for the rest of the year, women in the UK are effectively working for nothing. The male-female pay gap in the UK is currently 14.2% (as calculated by the Office of National Statistics). For further details please see this press release from the Fawcett Society. Incidentally, as the Fawcett Society and TUC will be moving Equal Pay Day next year to align with how it is “celebrated” in most other countries, women in the UK will be working for free from today, 9th November until sometime in late February or early March 2016. I’d like to say that UK academics buck this trend, but not yet we don’t.