With more girls showing aptitude, is pure gender bias holding the tech industry back?
Aug14

With more girls showing aptitude, is pure gender bias holding the tech industry back?

Sopra Banking Software talk to women leaders in the tech sector to ask why men are still out-earning women, even in equal positions, and why women rarely achieve top leadership roles in the sector. Women are good for business The UK gender pay gap won’t close until 2069 unless measures are taken to combat it now – another 53 years that women will continue to pay a higher price for being female.  However, a study by McKinsey...

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How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising
Aug10

How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising

Behavioural expert, Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, explains why unconscious bias could be changing our workplaces without us even realising. In the news over the past few days there has been a story in the news about an individual employee in Google posting an anti-diversity memo and the strong reaction (both ways) that this has caused. The author of the memo is purported to be a male software engineer arguing...

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Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?
Aug10

Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?

Despite laws preventing it, many women in practice are asked questions about having children, or if they have them, what their childcare arrangements are, during the interview process. A survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission last year revealed that one in four employers think it’s reasonable to ask a woman about her pregnancy plans during a job interview. Not only is such questioning in breach of employment law, it is...

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Reality bites: Average FTSE 100 CEO pay packet drops by 17% in the past year
Aug07

Reality bites: Average FTSE 100 CEO pay packet drops by 17% in the past year

An annual assessment of FTSE 100 CEO pay packages released today shows that rewards at the top have dropped by almost a fifth, but still remain extraordinarily high. The analysis, from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and the High Pay Centre, the independent think tank, shows that the average FTSE 100 CEO now receives an annual pay package of £4.5 million. This represents a 17% drop from £5.4 million in...

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1 in 10 employers admits they pay women less than men
Aug02

1 in 10 employers admits they pay women less than men

  Following recent revelations at the BBC, it seems that the UK has a long way to go in tackling gender pay disparity. A new YouGov survey for the charity, Young Women’s Trust, has revealed that one in ten employers admits to paying women less than men for jobs at the same level. Furthermore, nearly half of those surveyed say that publishing gender pay gaps will not make a difference to pay and a fifth think equal pay will never...

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After the BBC pay gap furore, what’s next?
Jul27

After the BBC pay gap furore, what’s next?

Following the BBC pay report, released last week, Enrique Garcia, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, takes a deeper look at the issues raised. After releasing the salaries of 96 of their highest paid stars, the BBC is now under pressure to give a valid explanation as to why many female stars are paid less than their male colleagues – if the reasons behind the pay gap are not satisfactory then the BBC could be facing costly...

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BBC Pay List: Business Leader Calls for More Firms to Broadcast Salaries
Jul27

BBC Pay List: Business Leader Calls for More Firms to Broadcast Salaries

In wake of the BBC gender pay scandal, Jo Sellick, managing director, Sellick Partnership, reflects on whether more companies should reveal staff salaries. The BBC is dominating the headlines this week, not just across its own channels but nationally, with news of the salaries earned by the corporation’s highest paid employees published for the world to see. We now know the wages of the 96 people employed by the BBC who are paid more...

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Should we tackle the ‘Gender PPE Gap’?
Jul24

Should we tackle the ‘Gender PPE Gap’?

As we recently reported, the lack of adequate PPE designed specifically for women is creating clear safety issues for women in the workplace, who are in the main coping with poorly fitting standard clothing stocked mainly for male colleagues. The Tfl employee in the image shows what many female workers have to tolerate, a hazard jacket that is too big, with sleeves that cover your hands, safety gloves too loose, a hat that slips over...

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Worried about gender pay reporting?  Why not tackle the gender pay gap!
Jul19

Worried about gender pay reporting? Why not tackle the gender pay gap!

Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer discusses how businesses can take positive action to reduce the gender pay gap in their organisation. From 2014-2016 Peninsula experienced a 83% increase in advice requests regarding gender discrimination with the on-going gender pay gap discussion being the most prevalent issue for business owners.  Following today’s BBC report, which saw the corporation admitting that two-thirds of its...

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Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes
Jul19

Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes

In order to comply with the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May’s rules requiring the identification of BBC staff earning more than £150,000 a year, the corporation has today released the salaries of 96 of its top stars. The total pay for those on the list is almost £30million. The data released today shows a definite pay gap between top BBC male and female presenters. Only a third of the 96...

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UBER This! Why Gender Intelligence is Critical to the Company’s Future
Jul13

UBER This! Why Gender Intelligence is Critical to the Company’s Future

President and CEO of Global Risk Institute, Richard Nesbitt, discusses the importance of gender intelligence – and why management behaviour needs to change< The recent board and management shenanigans at UBER serve as a reminder of how much work many organizations still need around gender intelligence. One of the most important opportunities that exists is to improve our companies by achieving management teams and boards...

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New toolkit launched to help HR Directors attract more women into STEM careers
Jun29

New toolkit launched to help HR Directors attract more women into STEM careers

A new toolkit has been launched to help HR directors attract more women into technical roles in engineering, IT, construction and science. WISE, which campaigns to get more women and girls into STEM, the engineering skills body Semta and the Institution of Civil Engineers have formed a partnership to launch the apprenticeship toolkit for all businesses that employ staff in STEM roles – most commonly engineering, ICT and science....

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After Uber: how to prevent sexual harassment and encourage employees to raise concerns
Jun22

After Uber: how to prevent sexual harassment and encourage employees to raise concerns

Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer, discusses how employers can protect themselves from high-profile sexual harassment cases through prevention, openness and support for staff.   Preventing sexual harassment is one of the most concerning elements of managing staff for many employers. Employers have an obligation to prevent this from occurring and, if it can be shown they have not taken all reasonable steps to stop this, then...

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So how are we progressing with gender pay in practice?
Jun05

So how are we progressing with gender pay in practice?

Luke Hutchings, Partner at multi-disciplinary law firm, Taylor Rose TTKW, examines how employers are progressing with the new gender pay legislation.   Last month, The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 for the voluntary sector and private employers came into force. The new legislation requires all employers within these sectors, with 250 or more employees to publish information about the gender pay...

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Why employers should act fast on gender pay gap
May25

Why employers should act fast on gender pay gap

Businesses are being warned not to leave gender pay gap audits to the last minute, to avoid public ‘naming and shaming’ in the media. There are more than 10 months until the deadline for employers with 250+ employees to publish their gender pay gap figures, and many employers are looking to start looking at the numbers later this year or early next year. However, employment law specialists at Menzies Law in Bristol are warning...

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