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

Posted by Hazel Lush on Jan 21, 2019 1:54:49 PM
 
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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Why Hiring Senior Women Will Not Close The Gender Pay Gap

Posted by Michelle Gyimah on Jan 15, 2019 10:14:00 AM

Gender pay gap reporting has come a long way since its inception as a voluntary measure buried in the Equality Act 2010. Today it is big news as employers with 250+ employees must publicly report their figure.

Gapsquare provide an amazing service to not only make this easy for employers to do but also make their data collection much more meaningful. This is why Equality Pays works closely with Gapsquare to ensure that employers are able to measure their pay gaps with accuracy and interpret the data easily.

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I'm Michelle Gyimah, Director at Equality Pays a gender pay gap consultancy and I've been busy reviewing a number of gender pay gap reports. A large proportion of firms have stated that simply hiring more women at senior level is their plan to close their pay gap. With no more detail on why or how.

However this approach is not sustainable or effective for three reasons:

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Tags: gender pay gap, reporting, pay gap reporting, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Innovative tech-equalities start-up offers a universal formula for partner pay reporting

Posted by Hazel Lush on Nov 14, 2018 10:04:12 AM

Actions for Partner Pay Reporting are great, but how do you make the data comparable? Here’s how.

A pioneering tech-startup has published unique guidelines on partner pay in collaboration with ten of the country’s best specialists and law firms, offering firms the most practical partner pay guidelines yet.

In the wake of the Law Society’s recommendations on reporting partner pay an innovative voice has emerged to offer a fine-tuned set of guidelines on reporting partner pay, including the exact equations to use in your calculations: “Having worked a great deal within the legal sector to support the gender pay reporting process, we knew that an issue was emerging around creating unified framework around partner pay reporting. We put together a working group focused on the data aspect of reporting partner pay and bringing together the wisdom of 10 voices in the sector” – Sian Webb, VP at Gapsquare

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Tags: Legal sector, Partner Pay, Press Release

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

Posted by Hazel Lush on Oct 26, 2018 2:14:36 PM

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

Bringing your pay gap policy to life: A public sector approach

Posted by Eve Russell on Oct 11, 2018 3:19:07 PM
Gapsquare are proud to share an article by our partner Eve Russell, a HR professional with over 10 years experience working in the NHS, and who has recently spent time with the Harvard community developing her insightful perspective around equality and diversity. Below Eve shares her thoughts on how the public sector can move forward on the pay gap. 

The Gender Pay Gap - What next for the public sector? 

As we know, in April of this year regulations came into force requiring any business with 250+ employees to publish data relating to its Gender Pay Gap (GPG).  The public sector has had to be ahead of the game, with a GPG publication date of March – although all the other rules applied in exactly the same way. The results were unexpected: according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), men earned 18.4% more than women as of April 2017. Or viewed a different way, of the 10,000+ employers who met the reporting deadline, 78% paid men more than women, on average . The Public Sector complies with this clear trend and, whereas in the private sector the gender pay gap has decreased in the last twenty years,  the public sector is just beginning to tackle the issue head on. Given the World Economic Forum’s projection that it could take a staggering 217 years to close the GPG, it’s great to see some proactive work in the sector and I look forward to seeing this progress. This article seeks to explore what’s going wrong, and what needs to be done to put it right.

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Tags: public sector

Closing the gender pay gap in the legal sector: quod est necessarium est licitum

Posted by Zara Nanu on Oct 4, 2018 12:08:17 PM

 

Law firms are pro-active in looking at their data for answers on the gender pay gap, but can they lead the way?

Over the past year, all UK law firms with over 250 employees have had to disclose their gender pay gap as part of a new set of pay transparency regulations. These firms have been pro-active in doing so and have reported various pay gap figures. In the top 25 law firms by turnover, some have reported pay gaps as high as 39% median (Linklaters), and others as low as 12% median (DLA Piper).

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Tags: Legal sector

Greater London Authority: How Gapsquare helped us lead on closing the pay gap in the public sector

Posted by Hazel Lush on Sep 20, 2018 4:10:42 PM

At Gapsquare, we were proud that the Greater London Authority (GLA) chose to calculate their gender and ethnicity pay gap numbers using the Gapsquare Software, and inspired to hear that Patrick, their Human Resources Manager subsequently joined us on secondment to continue to address pay inequality with Gapsquare, and at the same time, build a better future for his daughters.

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#NationalPayrollWeek: Why You Should Be Telling Your Employees About the Marriage Allowance

Posted by Hazel Lush on Sep 4, 2018 2:53:11 PM

At Gapsquare, we are often reminding our clients of the subtleties when we talk about the gender pay gap. Although it’s the pay gap that is often used in the media as a blanket term for a symptom of workplace inequality, there are individual issues - return to work schemes, the impact of salary sacrifice programmes, issues in recruitment and retention and the impact (or lack of impact) of parenthood on our careers, that have to be taken into account. The pay gap in your company is complex and it is filled with lessons to help us improve as employers - but in the meantime, there’s a lot you can be doing to immediately improve your employees’ lives.

In this #NPW18 special our partner PayDashboard are taking on the importance of making the most of the marriage allowance and knowing your rights when it comes to pay, asking you to look at the short term, as well as long term opportunities for improving employee income.


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Tags: Employee Allowances

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

Posted by Hazel Lush on Sep 3, 2018 12:28:08 PM

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

#FridayThoughts - The Latest Workplace Equalities News with Gapsquare

Posted by Hazel Lush on Aug 24, 2018 4:46:09 PM

Welcome to the first #FridayThoughts blog from Gapsquare - which is based on our weekly newsletter.

The Gapsquare team like to keep up-to-date around the equality and diversity challenges facing companies and the discussions that result have inspired us to keep working to support change in the world of work. In our #FridayThoughts newsletter, we share the most debated articles from the Gapsquare office - Open to conversation and insights from you.

This week we have an award-winning campaigner and recruiter shares 
5 Key Strategies for Closing the #PayGap & Building Truly Inclusive Workplaces, there's talk of the end of the 9-5 working day and some rather shocking statistics around the salaries of CEOs in the USA.

 



3 Minute Read:

5 Key Strategies for Closing the #PayGap & Building Truly Inclusive Workplaces

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