The Gender Gap: The very different reasons men and women are combatting workplace performance anxiety
Apr19

The Gender Gap: The very different reasons men and women are combatting workplace performance anxiety

New research shows that workplace performance anxiety (otherwise known as ‘stage fright’ in a business setting) doesn’t discriminate between the sexes but has revealed the different reasons why men and women are seeking professional training to overcome anxiety around communicating at work.   A study of 1,000 workplaces conducted by RADA in Business, the commercial arm of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art that provides communication...

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International Women’s Day
Mar08

International Women’s Day

Guest Blog from Emma O’Leary, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group   It’s been a year of headlines for women’s rights with the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements shining the spotlight on inequality and abuse around the world. Oscar winner Frances McDormand had every female nominee stand and taught us a new phrase – inclusion rider – during her acceptance speech to press for greater equality in the film industry, which had...

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FT reveals gaps in Gender Pay Gap Reporting
Jan11

FT reveals gaps in Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Guest Blog by Lorraine Heard, Legal Director at transatlantic law Womble Bond Dickinson.   The Financial Times investigation into the accuracy of the gender pay gap information published to date highlights a growing concern that some companies are not reporting accurate figures (Financial Times 8 December 2017).     Whilst it is not impossible for a Company to have a zero gender pay gap it is highly improbable that the gap would be...

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New case study reveals six key factors for employers to reduce gender pay gaps
Dec12

New case study reveals six key factors for employers to reduce gender pay gaps

Genuinely diverse recruitment, a ‘grow your own’ approach to talent, leading by example and an open, high-communications culture are key areas that employers can address to help eliminate gender pay gaps.   As the sixth employer to publish its gender pay reporting statistics, FDM Group, an international professional services organisation focusing on information technology, stands out in its male-dominated sector and beyond. FDM Group...

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The CIPD reports its gender pay gap
Nov30

The CIPD reports its gender pay gap

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has today published its gender pay gap data in line with new government regulations. Based on the UK Government’s methodology, which came into force in April 2017, the CIPD is reporting a mean gender pay gap of 14.9% and a median gender pay gap of 10.8%.   The CIPD’s analysis of its gender pay gap found it is being driven by the following factors:   • The CIPD has a...

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The Best Man For The Job? Recruitment Ads Plagued By Unconcious Gener Bias Says Study
Nov29

The Best Man For The Job? Recruitment Ads Plagued By Unconcious Gener Bias Says Study

Employers and recruiters across the UK are putting their diversity at risk by unconsciously using gender-biased language in job adverts, according to the largest ever study on the language of UK recruitment.     Released today by leading job board totaljobs, the study reviewed 76,000 UK jobs adverts over a six-week period and highlighted how employers unwittingly bias their hunt for talent by using gender-biased language in job...

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The Gender Name Gap:  Males Names Are Worth Up To £22,570 More Than Females
Nov09

The Gender Name Gap: Males Names Are Worth Up To £22,570 More Than Females

Adzuna’s new ‘ValueMyName’ tool reveals male names are the most valued; the highest earning female name earns £22,570 less than their male counterparts.   Nine of the 10 least valued names are female, with ‘Paige’ (£20,190) the lowest earning female and ‘Reece’ (£21,488) the lowest earning male name.   Highest earning English name ‘Ed’ is male with an average take home of £61,362, in comparison to the Scottish name ‘Bruce’ at £48,794,...

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JobLift Publishes Report Analysing UK Startups In Comparison To European Neighbours
Nov07

JobLift Publishes Report Analysing UK Startups In Comparison To European Neighbours

Job meta-search engine Joblift has conducted the European Startup Report 2017 – an extensive insight into the job markets and working conditions in four of Europe’s major startup hubs. Joblift’s report uses job vacancy data from the 1st September 2016 to 1st September 2017, alongside survey answers from around 500 interviewees to focus on every aspect of the British startup workplace. Given the competition from other European...

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The Apprentice: Sexism in Business
Oct05

The Apprentice: Sexism in Business

Apprentice candidate Siobhan Smith is under fire after appearing to suggest that only attractive women should sell to male customers. On last night’s episode, the first in the new series, the teams were set a burger task. While discussing their strategy for the task, Siobhan, who was on the women’s team, said: “Our customers in Canary Wharf are going to be male dominated area so it’s something you need to take into consideration when...

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Gender pay gap: Female managers in HR earn £4.5K less than male colleagues
Sep25

Gender pay gap: Female managers in HR earn £4.5K less than male colleagues

· New research reveals the gender pay gap for HR managers is 10% – an average £4,469 per year · This is considerably lower than the average gender pay gap across all UK industries – currently 26.8% · Study comes six months after Government’s new reporting regulations · As of 22nd September, just 77 out of 7,850 eligible employers have fulfilled their obligations     New ways of measuring how much men and women are paid under...

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Work experience boom for older workers
Sep11

Work experience boom for older workers

New figures released by the Department for Work & Pensions show the take up of those in work experience is growing most amongst older workers. 57,000 workers over the age of 50 have benefited from work experience since 2011.     The government-sponsored scheme was introduced in 2011 and was initially seen as a means of boosting the employability of younger workers. Since May 2016, however, the majority of those starting work...

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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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