The Department of Justice and Equality has announced that the government has agreed the text of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2018 (Government Bill). Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading Subscribe Login Independent journalism every day With digital access you can read The Business Post whenever, wherever, and however you want. Unlimited access to all sections of The Business Post on desktop, tablet and mobile. Breaking news, comment and analysis from the best Business Post writers seven days a week. Live blogs of major news events. Videos and podcasts from some of the industry's most respected journalists such as Michael Brennan, Susan Mitchell and Ian Guider. Access to The Business Post's extensive archive. … [Read more...] about How employers can prepare for gender pay gap reporting
Gender pay gap reporting
Sam Smethers Chief Executive, Fawcett Society Follow 5 April 2019 • 7:00am Most of the time, I like to be right. But on gender pay gap reporting, I really wish I had been wrong. Two years ago, when the Government introduced new regulations requiring large employers to report their gender pay gaps, we welcomed them - but warned that they were weak, because they did not require employers to have action plans in place. There was no meaningful enforcement mechanism. The risk was that employers would report their gender pay gaps, but fail to take action to close them. Two years on - last night was the deadline for the second reporting year - and we can see that, in most cases, that is precisely what has happened. In fact, early signs are that many employers are reporting... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 … [Read more...] about Why I wish I’d been wrong about gender pay gap reporting
Midnight sees the deadline for gender pay reporting by our largest businesses. To coincide with this a "free market" think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has published a report criticising many aspects of gender pay reporting. While they are right that the government’s gender pay reporting system isn’t perfect, they are wrong to say that it hasn’t been an important step forward in securing fairer pay. The IEA criticises the gender pay reports for not breaking the figures down by full and part time workers. It says that because women are more likely to work part time than men, and because part time work tends to attract lower hourly pay, “the results are almost guaranteed to show that men earn more”. It would certainly be useful to see this information, because what it actually flags up is one of the ways that indirect gender-discrimination sneaks into pay systems. Far from a failing of the pay gap reporting, this is exactly what … [Read more...] about Opinion: Gender pay gap reporting shows how deep-seated inequality really is
With only three months to go until the next round of gender pay gap reporting, the pressure is on for many companies to find ways to show improvement on last year’s rather dismal results. One creative approach to tackling discrimination and closing the gap is currently being put to the test in New York City, in the form of a new human rights law making it illegal to ask about salary history in job interviews. The theory is that if you are consistently asked what your current salary is, any pay inequality is carried over from role to role. If instead employers discuss the market value for the role, those who took career breaks, switched industries, or may have been undervalued in a previous job get the chance to start afresh. It’s a bold step – and one that is proving popular elsewhere in the US. Massachusetts and California have recently implemented similar bans. But though welcomed by some as a step forward, how easy is it to legislate against the biases we all hold? … [Read more...] about Can we close the gender pay gap by banning questions on salary history?
It was billed as the biggest legislative game-changer for working women since the Equal Pay Act made it illegal to pay people of different sexes differently for the same job in 1970. And for once, the hype may not have been overstated. Groundbreaking legislation that forced companies to reveal their gender pay gaps in 2018 for the first time has had an immediate and wide-ranging effect, but companies are likely to come under increased pressure to narrow the gap in 2019, according to data and experts. Figures from the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) employment trends survey show 93% of businesses are taking action to close the gender pay gap and increase diversity in their workforces, compared with 62% who were asked a similar question in 2017. Companies increasingly appear to recognise the business case for building a diverse workforce, with 60% saying it helps attract and retain staff, while half said it increased skills in the workforce. Savvy job candidates are … [Read more...] about Gender pay gap: companies under pressure to act in 2019