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

Posted by Hazel Lush on Aug 3, 2018 10:52:53 AM

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 Jul 19, 2018 1:28:23 PM

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

Ted Talk: The Gender Pay Gap: A long-term plan isn't fast enough - Gapsquare CEO Zara Nanu

Posted by Hazel Lush on Jul 13, 2018 9:35:39 AM

In her previous job, our CEO Zara Nanu considered herself a superhero, supporting women to move out of incredibly challenging situations and into work , but by doing so, she became aware that the difficulties weren't over. Gaining access to the workplace was not the end of the battle for women, there was still a lot more to do. 

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Tags: Ted Talk

Gapsquare wins place on upcoming Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator

Posted by Hazel Lush on Jul 10, 2018 12:03:43 PM

Gapsquare are excited to announce that we will be joining the Oracle StartUp Cloud Accelerator Programme. Working under the mentorship, tech and business support of the Oracle team in the programme's coworking space, Gapsquare will also gain the ability to provide its pay disparity analytical tools to the hundreds of thousands of customers Oracle already works with. 

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Tags: Accelerator Programmes

If We Can Automate a Car, We Can End Pay Inequality

Posted by Zara Nanu on Jun 15, 2018 12:30:03 PM

People will make or break a business. More diverse people will go even further and make a business innovative, challenging and perhaps even more importantly, profitable. On average, a business with diverse teams will have access to increased market share and 9% higher EBIT.

But how can we build more diverse businesses when current data shows companies have high gender and ethnicity gaps? These manifest themselves both in low proportions of diverse employees as well as high pay disparities for these groups. It does not seem businesses are making the most of powering growth with the right people. 

"217 Years, for the women you work with to be operating on a level playing field, for our daughters to be in with the same chance at success as our sons."

 

Want to learn more about the gender pay gap? Watch the Invest In Diversity Video Series below.

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Tags: Technology, Women in Tech

Invest in Diversity - Video Series by Opus Talent Solutions with Sian Webb, VP at Gapsquare

Posted by Hazel Lush on Jun 8, 2018 3:15:32 PM

Interested in tackling the gender pay gap, enhancing female progression and diversity in your business? Gapsquare and Opus Talent Solutions discuss the key issues and opportunities around the pay gap. Video by Opus Talent Solutions.

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The Pay Gap ROI - Don't Just Invest in Numbers, Invest in People

Posted by Hazel Lush on Apr 16, 2018 3:03:10 PM

The team at Gapsquare work directly with over 130 companies, supporting them to analyse their gender pay gap both in the UK and overseas. Our expertise is in processing the data around equality and diversity, as well as driving a business forward in making tangible changes. We are passionate about doing this because, quite frankly, ending the pay gap is great for everyone involved. Here's how you can gain a return on investment after reporting the gender pay gap.

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Tags: Company culture, recruitment, retention

The Gender Pay Gap - Looking for Loopholes? We've got three

Posted by Zara Nanu on Mar 21, 2018 11:12:17 AM
Last year,  Channel 4’s Dispatches   did an investigative piece called 'The Truth About Your Pay' on how companies comply with gender pay gap regulations and the way in which some consultants have been advising companies how to avoid reporting.

Consultants were filmed by undercover reporters who pretended to represent a fictitious cleaning company with 264 employees. Their recommendations ranged from options to split a company in two; reporting details of directors' pay as dividends not wages if they are also the owners; all the way to making some employees redundant.

While some employers might be interested in these short term measures, long term they will only have a negative impact. The costs of the consultants, combined with the costs of the recommended measures and having to maintain complex new structures going forward cannot be cheap. Ultimately employees will be more likely to question these measures and what they are hiding than the gender pay gap itself.

 

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Tags: Dispatches, Loophole

How Being a Parent Can Make you a Better CEO - Dr Zara Nanu

Posted by Hazel Lush on Mar 11, 2018 11:43:28 AM


Working with Zara Nanu on her thriving project Gapsquare has been a whirlwind, I've watched as the company moved from strength to strength, to Berlin, New York and Paris, heading to global conferences, accelerator programmes, tech demos and working with hundreds of companies on gender pay gap reporting in the UK. 

But Zara also always finds time to be a great leader at Gapsquare, from small things like reminding us to take breaks in the office, take walks when we're demotivated, or to step out of the box to gain inspiration -  to bigger things like motivating the entire team whilst juggling the company (and still getting to school to pick up her kids). It often left me wondering, what is it that makes someone able to lead in this way. 

Recently, in a conversation about her experience as CEO, the week before Mother's Day, I asked her about her leadership style - what is her secret? 

Easy, she says: "being a good leader is a lot like being a good parent".

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The Rise of #GovTech - How Governments Around The World Are Working Alongside Tech Start-Ups

Posted by Hazel Lush on Mar 5, 2018 4:36:41 PM


Is the public sector being left behind? Not any more.

Gapsquare will be speaking to European governments at the Vienna conference designed to bring tech start ups, innovators, enterprises and the public sector together. The conference creates opportunities for new enterprises to connect with the public sector to drive partnerships that benefit citizens worldwide. Gapsquare's CEO Zara Nanu will be sharing Gapsquare's expertise in tackling ethnicity and gender inequality in the workplace  using tech. The Pioneer event creates opportunities for governments to work alongside the fast-moving tech and business world, building the efficiency, range and capacity of their services and by  'introducing startup-driven innovation in the public sector'.

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What's Happening with Gender Pay Gap Reporting Around the World?

We know that the gender pay gap regulations in the UK are in full swing, but have you ever wondered what these regulations look like in countries outside of the UK?  There are a number of rules and laws coming into place/in place and fingers crossed - we're moving forward! 

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Tags: public sector, government

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