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Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting - 5 Things You Need To Know Ahead of the Regulations

Posted by Hazel Lush on 21-Jan-2019 13:54:49
 
It's 2019 and companies have survived their third year of gender pay gap reporting and whilst reporting the pay gap has not been   without its problems,  the world has already changed a great deal since the UK regulations were released. 
 
We are seeing that employers now understand, talk about and engage with gender equality. The pay gap is   increasingly talked about in the boardroom and bringing up the gap is not met with confusion these days as often as it is with a determination to do much more.  Another thing that emerged as a result of the regulations was that  the conversation began to turn to ethnicity pay. 
 
Companies large and small are looking to lead on inclusive diversity practices & the possibility of EPG regulations coming into effect soon have increased the sense of urgency around this. But how can you get started? Take a look at our 5 top tips based on our recent ethnicity pay gap report. 

1 -  Don't Underestimate The Task
The great thing about gender pay gap reporting was that it required A) data most companies have about their employees and B) a single comparison between binary factors (Male, Female) but things aren't so simple with ethnicity pay reporting: 'many organisations either have not collected or have low levels of data on the ethnicity of employees' argues the report, so now is the time to start recording this data, and the report suggests some useful ways to get started. 
 
The report also argues that 'it would be highly inadequate to limit ethnicity pay gap reporting to a binary option, i.e. BAME earnings as a percentage of White earnings'. Read more to find out why.
 
2 - Know The Causes, Turn Them Into An Action Plan
At Gapsquare we are strong advocates of communicating well when it comes to publishing equalities data and ethnicity pay reporting will be no different. In fact, it might be the case that the need is even greater with reporting the ethnicity pay gap.
 
There are a number of subtleties, outlined in Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting: Are You Prepared?, that could cause a lot of harm in terms of public and internal relations which can be mitigated with an excellent understanding of the data and a communications and reporting approach that is clear is so essential. Having incredible data insights is no good if employees aren't sure how to interpret these. 
 
Ethnicity Pay Reporting argues that action plans and great communication is essential: "This paper firmly believes there should be a requirement for an action plan. This would give employers an opportunity to confirm their commitment to addressing the causes of pay disparity, establish measurements for year on year monitoring and to demonstrate to their employees and customers alike, that equality, diversity and inclusion are important."
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Tags: ethnicity pay reporting

Gapsquare 'breaks twitter' at Oracle Open World, San Francisco

Posted by Hazel Lush on 26-Oct-2018 14:14:36

Oracle OpenWorld is an annual Oracle convention for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users with Oracle. Gapsquare joined Oracle Open World in San Fransisco this year, bringing the pioneering idea that tech can and will help close the gender pay gap to some of the most innovative companies and organisations in the world. Check out Zara and Sian's trials and tribulations and learn how they 'broke twitter' ;) through this video series.

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Tags: Technology, Women in Tech, Oracle Open World

#NationalPayrollWeek: There's Something You Should Know About Your Savings and Share Plans

Posted by Hazel Lush on 03-Sep-2018 12:28:08

Companies are increasingly looking at payroll data to identify inequalities, becoming adept at understanding pay gap and equal pay issues but it's time to move beyond this level of data, as we also begin to take in the tie-in between Savings and Share Plan take up and wider pay inequality - and in a world that requires us to understand these issues, knowing the facts has never been more important.

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Tags: Share Plans

Don't let your 'actions to close the gender pay gap' fall flat

Posted by Hazel Lush on 03-Aug-2018 10:52:53

We were excited to see that the UK Government has released  'Actions to close the gender pay gap', a toolkit of key ideas on how you can take on the pay gap and work to close it.  The actions are things such as 'Include multiple women in shortlists for recruitment and promotions' and 'Introduce transparency to promotion, pay and reward processes', which are, in our view, some brilliant ideas for moving forward on the pay gap and for the wellbeing and retention of your staff as a whole. 

However, we also wanted to draw your attention to the following statement in the toolkit:  

"Employers who use high quality data to understand the drivers of their gender pay gap will be able to target their actions and therefore deliver the most effective results."

Our VP, Sian Webb puts it as follows: "A blanket approach to closing the gender pay gap, whilst it has its benefits and reveals some of the important actions companies must take to improve workplaces across the board, misses the importance of tailored, appropriate approaches to the gap. It is, as the government toolkit mentions, important to  understand your data before you start investing heavily in actions that are not appropriate or helpful to your employees, and which won't close the gap. Companies could potentially be wasting a lot of time and money, and having no impact whatsoever'.

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Tags: Actions to close the gap, Government Recommendations for Closing the Gap

How to complete an equal pay audit - Gapsquare & Osborne Clarke

Posted by Hazel Lush on 19-Jul-2018 13:28:23

Osborne Clarke, an International legal practice, with offices situated around Europe, Asia and the USA and Gapsquare, leading provider of pay disparity and pay transparency analysis tackle key issues around completing equal pay audits.

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Tags: Equal Pay