Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts
Apr06

Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts

Thousands of employers will publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time from today, helping break the glass ceiling and create a more modern workforce. The UK is one of the first countries in the world to require gender pay gap reporting and follows the government’s commitment to introduce the requirements at the last election. This is a key part of the government’s work to eliminate the gender pay gap. Voluntary, private...

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Young Women’s Trust calls for more action to tackle the gender pay gap, as new reporting measures are implemented
Apr06

Young Women’s Trust calls for more action to tackle the gender pay gap, as new reporting measures are implemented

Young Women’s Trust, a charity for women aged 16-30 on low or no pay, is calling for more action to reduce the gender pay gap, as new reporting requirements come into effect in April. The charity fears that pay transparency, intended to encourage employers to reduce the gender pay gap, will be ineffective without enforcement and proper plans to tackle reported inequalities. From Thursday 6 April, firms with more than 250 employees...

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Glassdoor survey shows 2/3 UK working women will shun employers over lack of equal pay
Apr06

Glassdoor survey shows 2/3 UK working women will shun employers over lack of equal pay

A new survey from leading job site Glassdoor shows that companies that fail to pay men and women the same will struggle to recruit female talent in the UK, but that a focus on diversity, gender balance in senior leadership and women’s networks could attract both female and male job candidates.   “The gender pay gap is set to be a major issue in the UK this year, not least because employers are grappling with the challenge of how to...

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Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?
Apr05

Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?

  Guest post by berg, a law firm that works closely with companies to navigate the potentially tricky post-gender pay gap reporting period. As part of an ongoing effort to tackle to UK’s gender pay gap, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will come into force in April this year. Businesses with 250 employees or more will have to report on the wage gap, which currently stands at a national average...

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Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’
Apr05

Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’

Mercer survey finds one third of organisations globally do not have a designated D&I program for LGBT employees 75% of Western European companies say legal restrictions prevent them from offering equal benefits to LGBT employees Companies based in the UK attribute the lack of equal benefits on the absence of capable vendors The expansion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and awareness has had profound...

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Tackling gender bias: we talk to the women who’ve succeeded in male dominated professions
Apr05

Tackling gender bias: we talk to the women who’ve succeeded in male dominated professions

Leading packaging supplier Rajapack have looked at gender diversity in the workplace. Speaking to female industry experts from sectors that have been traditionally male-dominated, such as construction, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, packaging and engineering. It’s clear that parity benefits everyone, on both an individual and corporate level.  research shows: £23 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025 if women are...

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The depressing headline that shows sexism still has a workplace, despite legislation
Mar28

The depressing headline that shows sexism still has a workplace, despite legislation

Following years of sexism and discrimination in the workplace, the parliamentary debate on sexist dress codes and new legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap, and people asking about women leaders in the FTSE 100,  it seemed like the UK was ready to take action and stamp out sexism from the workplace. Sadly, it seems there is still some way to go. Two of the most powerful people in the UK met yesterday to discuss Brexit and...

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Males suffer gender discrimination, too!
Mar23

Males suffer gender discrimination, too!

We often hear about women struggling to be taken seriously in male dominated professions, such as IT and construction – however, it’s worth bearing in mind that 42% of Male Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants have also been subjected to inaccurate gender stereotypes in the workplace. Male EAs and PAs from across the globe were asked about gender stereotyping in a survey for the Executive and Personal...

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Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?
Mar21

Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?

Guest blog by Karen DeBono, HR Manager – actively seeking UK employment Aren’t HR skills transferable? As a qualified professional, I’ve worked in HR for over 15 years as well as had numerous jobs in a variety of industries including cleaning, hospitality and retail sales.  I think I know about a lot of different jobs and different work environments, and I believed that regardless of the industry, my HR skills were...

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Gender pay gap obligations: 6 things employers need to do
Mar17

Gender pay gap obligations: 6 things employers need to do

Guest blog by Fflur Jones, Partner, Darwin Gray www.darwingray.com   There has been a lot of public attention recently on the gender pay gap, and new rules are being brought in by the Government to force large employers to publish data on pay discrepancies between male and female employees. These obligations will start in April this year, and the first data will then be published in April 2018. Employers need to remember the following...

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Worrying research finds female pessimism about pay could sustain the gender pay gap
Mar16

Worrying research finds female pessimism about pay could sustain the gender pay gap

Efforts to end the gender pay gap could be thwarted by the tendency for women to be pessimistic about their earning potential, shows new research from the University of Bath. The study finds that women underestimate their earnings prospects, leading to lower expectations and little inclination to push for higher wages or promotion, or seek a better paid position. Conversely, men consistently overestimate their prospects. When reality...

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Offensive MEP receives ‘unprecedented’ sanctions including suspension following gender pay rant
Mar15

Offensive MEP receives ‘unprecedented’ sanctions including suspension following gender pay rant

As HR News reported yesterday, Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke offended women both inside and outside the European Parliament with his conduct and remarks during a a plenary debate on the “Gender pay gap” on 1 March. After the offending intervention by the Polish MEP, Mr Tajani was immediately alerted to it by several MEPs, and following an investigation, sanctions of unprecedented severity against the MEP have now...

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EU President warns Polish MEP’s sexist gender pay rant will ‘receive commensurate punishment’
Mar14

EU President warns Polish MEP’s sexist gender pay rant will ‘receive commensurate punishment’

The President of the EU has today announced that Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke will be disciplined following offensive, sexist remarks during an EU debate on the gender pay gap last week. Korwin-Mikke had opened his speech by explaining that there are no women ranked in the top 800 of a physics olympiad in Poland – an annual physics competition for students. He said: “Do you know which was the place in the Polish theoretical Physics...

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As heels issue lands in Parliament again, MPs expose the ‘dodgy 1970’s workplace diktats’
Mar09

As heels issue lands in Parliament again, MPs expose the ‘dodgy 1970’s workplace diktats’

MP’s have said that an investigation into work place dress codes has exposed widespread discrimination against women by ‘dodgy 1970’s workplace diktats’. Nicola Thorp started a petition after she was sent home from work for refusing to wear high heels. More than 152,000 people signed the petition, which sparked a parliamentary inquiry which was debated in Parliament this week. The ensuing debate heard that the problem went beyond just...

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90% believe new leadership is necessary for gender equality
Mar08

90% believe new leadership is necessary for gender equality

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Omnicom – the world’s second largest marketing group – has released research results from Toluna that challenge traditional ideas of leadership. The research marks the third annual Omniwomen UK Summit, part of a wider initiative that aims to increase the number and influence of women in leadership positions across the company. Key findings from the study of 1,554 UK-based women and men...

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