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Closing the gender pay gap in higher education will take forty years

Posted by Sian Webb on Feb 19, 2018 4:08:27 PM

With Gapsquare, we can do it by 2034

The University and College Union announced last year that it was going to take forty years for the gender pay gap in UK higher education to close.

For academics, the gap stands at 12% and has been slowly decreasing in the last few years.

The UCU says that this equates to a shortfall of £6,103 per year for each female academic. In total, this £528 million per year. 

The gap is also larger at the so-called ‘elite’ Russell Group institutions at 16.3%. With less than six weeks to go before the gender pay gap reporting deadline, none of these institutions have reported.

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In fact, less than 3% of universities have reported into the government portal - out of 109 universities in England, and 130 in the UK, only 3 have submitted: Leeds Art University, University of Salford and University of Kent. At the current pace of change, by the time I retire, the gender pay gap will still exist in academia.

 

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My job? I'm a time traveller (obviously)

Posted by Sian Webb on Feb 5, 2018 4:32:44 PM

The Gender Pay Gap:  My inspiration to close it and why Gapsquare is the company to get it done

Tomorrow, I’m spending my lunch break in my office with thirty 11-year olds. Not because we are diversifying our employment practices, but because they want to ask me an important question – What is it like working for Gapsquare? 

I’ve given it some thought, it’s a big question, but it sends me back to 2016 when my niece was born – suddenly, there was this innocent baby girl who had been born into a world where she will, statistically, earn less than if she had been born a boy. I knew that, for me with my work history so far in tackling inequality and driving forward change to pave a better world for all, my motivation had taken a tangible, gurgling human form.

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

Posted by Sian Webb on Dec 14, 2017 3:17:19 PM

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.

 

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Telling the Story of Your Gender Pay Gap and Bonus Pay Gap

Posted by Hazel Lush on Oct 30, 2017 3:25:23 PM

In the wake of the BBC and Financial Times’ publication of pay data, companies are approaching gender pay reporting requirements with trepidation. The worry is that the reasons behind pay gap data will be lost once statistics are revealed. But it doesn’t need to be that way. As the team at Gapsquare - experts in analysing the gender pay gap - argue, publishing data can be an opportunity to foster deeper understanding among your teams around the pay gap and an opportunity to show how your business moves forward on equality issues. In short, publicising pay gap data can be an exercise in showing how your company responds to greater understanding of its structure.

 

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It is interesting to note that bonus pay gaps are particularly stark, TSB Bank, Virgin Money and Fujitsu Services are all hovering around a 50% pay gap in bonus pay. These companies benefit hugely from a clear narrative around their data. An example can be drawn from Virgin Money, whose response to the data was to set out the causes of the pay gap and outline their mission going forward

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LESSONS LEARNT? Reflections on the BBC pay gap dilemma

Posted by Sian Webb on Jul 24, 2017 6:00:00 PM

The last five days must have been somewhat of a headache for Tony Hall, BBC Director-General. First, the damning list of salaries that showed that lack of female high earners and gender pay disparity, followed by some of the BBC’s most high-profile female personalities writing a frank open letter calling him to “act now” to tackle the gender pay gap, rather than waiting until 2020 for it to be eliminated. It has certainly made headline news and spread to extensive conversations from within the BBC, the general workplace, to the pub with friends on the weekend.

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Tags: women in business, gender pay gap, business, pay gap, gender pay gap reporting, politics

DRAFT REGULATIONS ON GENDER PAY GAP REPORTING

Posted by Zara Nanu on Feb 16, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Last week, the UK Government announced a consultation on draft regulations for Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting . The consultation is open until the 11th of March and invites feed-back from employers, business organisations, the voluntary and charity sector, women’s civil society organisation, HR practitioners, trade unions, employment lawyers and think tanks.

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Tags: regulations, gender pay gap, gender pay gap reporting, uk

GENDER PAY GAP IN CHARITY SECTOR

Posted by Zara Nanu on Nov 26, 2015 11:04:00 AM

Recent research claims that the gender pay gap in the charity sector is higher than the private sector.

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Tags: diversity, equality, gender pay gap, gender pay gap reporting, charity

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