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Tech & AI Can Make Work More Human - Gapsquare in Delphi

Posted by Hazel Lush on 22-Aug-2019 09:59:31

In a recent Lexxion Delphi publication tackling Cyberwarfare, AI and Democracy and Digital Platforms
Gapsquare's CEO & CTO share how artificial Intelligence, machine learning and other technologies are profoundly changing how we live today. These new technologies & developments are at the forefront of conversations about future workplace dynamics and are set to revolutionise and streamline inclusivity in many industries.

Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear that old biases are being built into AI and machine learning. As Zara Nanu, Gapsquare's CEO argues in Delphi, emerging technology is based on existing biased data, and therefore mirror these biases. Take, for example, Amazon’s scrapped AI recruiting tool, which was created to optimise hiring by observing patterns in successful CVs and looking for these in prospective applicants. Because the bulk of previously successful CVs came from men– reflecting the male dominance in the tech industry – the tool learnt to hire people from this same demographic.

For the team at Gapsquare, now is the time to ensure AI is less biased, more inclusive and fair and represents the best of what it means to be human. AI needs to open doors for a wider range of people and it needs to learn to look beyond old approaches and bias-filled data. 

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To achieve this, argue the Gapsquare team, we must start by improving diversity within the tech sector through a combined effort between educational systems, governments and HR in tech industries in order that these technologies are being created by diverse people and reflect unbiased data.

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Tags: Technology, gender pay gap

Public Sector Organisations with over 80% Female employee-base have higher Gender Pay Gaps (and Academies are the worst)

Posted by Hazel Lush on 11-Apr-2019 16:08:27

 

What looking at female dominated organisations teaches us about the public sector gender pay gap  

Bristol, UK. Last week we hit the deadline for gender pay gap reporting for all companies with over 250 employees in the UK but Gapsquare, experts in gender pay gap analysis, are taking a step back and putting their finger on one aspect of the data people are not talking about -  what do companies with more female than male employees look like? And what can this tell us?

The gender pay gap is worse in female dominated public sector organisations

10% of all organisations who have reported so far have what we would define as ‘female dominated workforces’ (more than 80% of their workforce is female). In an interesting twist, the Gapsquare team have learnt that when we look into the public sector data for these women-dominated organisations, the gender pay gap jumps above the national average.

Even more interestingly, private sector companies which are female dominated pay men 3% (on average**) more than women (a better figure than the national average). This figure for the public sector is 14.4%**, showing us that working for a female dominated public sector organisation may not be all it's cracked up to be.

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Tags: Press Release

#WomenInScienceDay - I am happy to go to bed thinking of science and wake up thinking of the next experiment I can do

Posted by Hazel Lush on 11-Feb-2019 17:23:11

 

The Winston Churchill Award Ceremony in 2015. : Rebecca receiving her award from Professor Brian Clarke, world renowned architectural artist and 1974 Churchill Fellow.

 

This International Day for Women and Girls and Science, we wanted to share a piece by FRSA Rebecca A B Burton - University Research Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford where she reflects on her journey towards an award-winning career in science. A huge thank you to Rebecca for sharing her story. 

What is your role, and what work do you do at the moment in science? What was your journey to working in science like? 

"I am a University Research Lecturer and Sir Henry Dale Fellow of the Royal Society and Wellcome Trust. This research fellowship is aimed at early career scientists and has allowed me to establish myself as an independent Principal Investigator in the Department of Pharmacology, Oxford. I am also an elected Senior Research Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. My background training is in Physiology and Pharmacology. I would describe myself as a biomedical scientist with an interest in applying bioengineering methods to answer cardiac biophysical questions about causes and consequences of atrial arrhythmias.

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Tags: women in science

Reasons why it's #NeverTooLate to Increase Gender Diversity in Science

Posted by Hazel Lush on 11-Feb-2019 09:59:24

Today, 11th Feb is the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, and at Gapsquare, we are passionate about building equality and diversity capacity across all industries. That's why we are working with the incredible Interactive Scientific to start the conversation about why it's #NeverTooLate to engage and sustain gender diversity in science-based workplaces and education. 

Do you have a story about getting women and girls engaged in science? Did you come to a science career late? Or perhaps you're building a more inclusive science-based workplace. Tweet us @Gapsquare and tell us why you think it's #NeverTooLate. 

Gapsquare uses intelligent and intuitive tech to give employers insights into a range of fair pay data and has therefore seen a range of responses to lack of gender diversity across industries. So – where does science come in terms of gender equality? Read on to learn about the gender pay gap in science and hear the thoughts and experiences of Caroline Clarke, Director of Operations, KETS Quantum Security and Charlotte R. Bermingham, Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder at Vitamica on how they are revolutionising the world of science. 

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Tags: women in science

Press Release: Gapsquare prepares to scale FairPay® software with new board appointment

Posted by Hazel Lush on 07-Feb-2019 10:03:51

Bristol, UK – 7th Feb, 2019. Gapsquare, the cloud-based software innovator empowering companies to analyse pay gaps and make data-driven changes to close them, has today announced the appointment of tech entrepreneur and CEO of Ultrahaptics, Steve Cliffe, to its board. 

 Commenting on the role, Steve Cliffe said, “Gapsquare are a fantastic example of how machine learning and big data can be used to effect positive social change. The World Economic Forum currently predicts it could take 217 years to close the gender pay gap. That’s not good enough, and I’m delighted to be working with a company using technology to accelerate this.”

Governments around the world are legislating for pay transparency, and equality-conscious Generation X,Y and millennials now make up 60% of the workforce.

Gapsquare’s customers already include Condé Nast, Vodafone, Serco and Osborne Clarke. To date the firm has analysed the wages of over 270,000 employees in the UK. The software delivers insights not just into gender pay gaps but also a wider range of diversity and equality data including the ethnicity pay gap, equal pay, regional disparities and more. 

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