Hear from our CEO Dr Zara Nanu and Partnerships Manager on the revelations that Gender Pay Gap Regulations will create.
“Since the gender pay gap reporting regulations came in at the beginning of April, there has been criticism that the regulations “don’t go far enough”, that they will “backfire” or will not be effective. Some groups have even come out to say that the pay gap does not exist and therefore regulations are not needed.”
As an initial point, the regulations can start some key discussions about their gender pay gap within companies. In turn, this will create some questions on its impact on overall gender equality in the workplace.
If we are only looking at men and women doing the same role, and women are being paid less than men, then this is an Equal Pay issue, and grounds for Equal Pay discrimination as per the 1970 Act.
But what the pay gap is really about is the beginning of a narrative about workplaces’ practices that undervalue the roles of women both in the public and private sphere. The fact that the pay gap exists in companies can open our eyes to how the company is structured and how it supports true equality within the workplace.
This discourse opens the door to many possibilities that begin to paint a picture of some key issues facing women in the workplace today.