Last weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, but how far have we really come in terms of gender equality where salary is concerned? According to the Office for National Statistics, women working full time are still paid an average of 16.4 per cent less than men, and it is claimed that women in finance earn up to 55% less than men - some equality! The reasons given for these inequalities have been put down to the stereotypes of women working in male-dominated environments and women who return to work with caring responsibilities at home. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has called on businesses in all sectors to address the need to close the gender pay gap. It is down to individual businesses, but the Commission says it will use its enforcement powers if there are "any persistent and significant problems." The Commission states that employers need pay systems that are both transparent and fair and while this will not solve the problem it will bring clarity. It seems to me that despite 40 years of work there is still some way to go before professional women reach equality in their pay.