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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. 

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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

Why Hiring Senior Women Will Not Close The Gender Pay Gap

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

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

Closing the pay gap is not improbable - Avoid this mistake in reporting gender pay gap

Posted by Sian Webb on 14-Dec-2017 15:17:19

The new gender pay gap regulations provide an opportunity for change, are companies seizing them the right way?

Last week, the Financial Times reported that “1 in 20 companies who have submitted their gender pay gap data to the government have reported numbers that are statistically improbable and therefore almost certainly inaccurate.” One of these companies is fashion brand, Hugo Boss (who have since changed their numbers and now reporting a 32.6% mean and 76.5% median gender pay gap), a MacDonald’s franchise, an international car-parts manufacturer and a branch of national charity Age UK.

In some cases, the reports were most likely due to error, in fewer still probably because of plan to deceit, but mostly this happened because of misunderstanding of what the gender pay gap is.

 

Want to hear more about general UK trends in the gender pay gap? Click below:

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Avoid these common mistakes when analysing your gender pay gap

Posted by Hazel Lush on 04-Sep-2017 11:51:00

Sian Webb, Partnerships Manager at Gapsquare shares some Gender Pay Gap wisdom with the Talk With Stitch team.

“As someone who spends a lot of my time looking and analysing numbers and figures, not a lot surprises me these days! However, I have been surprised at the number of charities and businesses that are reporting a higher than average gender pay gap and not accompanying it with an explanation or narrative about why they have one and importantly, what they are going to do to reduce it over the coming years.”

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Tags: women, women in business, gender pay, gender pay gap, bbc

UK PUBLIC SECTOR – PERSPECTIVES ON THE GENDER PAY GAP WITH GAPSQUARE

Posted by Sian Webb on 14-Aug-2017 11:50:00

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Are you a public sector manager involved in reporting on the gender pay gap? Take advantage of this opportunity to hear unique and insightful perspectives on the pay gap from representatives of experienced Public Sector organisations, experts in employment law and HR and Gapsquare’s own Dr Zara Nanu.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEBINAR? WE HAVE MADE ALL THE CONTENT AVAILABLE TO YOU HERE: 

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