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Equal Pay: How To Do Right By Your Employees - An Interview with Carrie Gracie

Posted by Hazel Lush on 06-Mar-2020 15:10:15

 

 

"You probably say you believe in equal pay. But are you willing to inconvenience yourself for it?" Carrie Gracie - Equal: A Story of Women, Men & Money - (2019 - P.24)

Equal pay in practice can be messy and complex, but we don’t believe it has to be. Communication continues to serve as the saving grace for employers and yet, we continue to see cases of employers avoiding, rather than embracing equal pay. It's time for that to change.

There's no greater way to learn how to deal with pay equality claims confidently, than from examples of erroneous practice. When it comes to equal pay, there's no clearer example of the issue being handled clumsily, than the BBC's recent journey with the award winning  journalist and previous China Editor, Carrie Gracie.

Carrie was thrown into an equal pay battle by the revelations of top salaries at the media company in 2017. This transparency brought into light the fact that, despite specifically requesting equal pay upon her appointment for the China Editor role, her pay was more than £65,000 (at least) short of Jon Sopel's who held the equivalent role for North America .

"If this had been about my case alone, I would certainly have drawn a line under it... But I knew this pay system was costing life-changing amounts of money to women who were less privileged and more vulnerable.' (Equal, 2019. P.213-214)

So what can we learn from Carrie's battle and the BBC's response that will make you a better employer? Below we share some thoughts directly from Carrie herself, and from her book which should sit, overflowing as it is with tenacity and drive for better workplaces, on each of your shelves at work: Equal: A Story of Women, Men & Money.

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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. 

Read the full article

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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#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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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