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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Gender pay reports mean public can “cast a forensic eye” over what firms pay their staff, warns employment law specialist
Mar08

Gender pay reports mean public can “cast a forensic eye” over what firms pay their staff, warns employment law specialist

Companies risk being exposed to bad publicity and reputational damage if they fail to avoid a hidden pitfall in new legislation on staff pay that comes into force next month, warned leading law firm Milners.   Focus on the words, not just the numbers Major employers will have a duty to reveal average salary differences between male and female staff for the first time under laws that take effect from April 6 – and Milners,...

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100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work
Mar08

100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work

A major coalition of businesses committed to ending discrimination of pregnant women and new mothers at work has reached over one million employees today after Pets at Home became the 100th partner. Pets at Home has joined the national coalition ‘Working Forward’ alongside major household names such as Barclays, BT Group and Mitie to promote the best ways employers can attract, develop and retain women at work and make their work...

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GCS Recruitment launches Women in Recruitment forum on International Women’s Day
Mar08

GCS Recruitment launches Women in Recruitment forum on International Women’s Day

Global technology and financial services recruiter GCS has launched a Women in Recruitment forum helping women in the workplace to push ahead and balance an illustrious career with the varying demands of a home life. Launched to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Women in Recruitment forum has been formed on the back of a popular LinkedIn post by GCS’s Sales Development Manager Charlotte Smith, entitled “Growing Business and...

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Young Women’s Trust urges employers to “be bold for change” in male-dominated sectors
Mar08

Young Women’s Trust urges employers to “be bold for change” in male-dominated sectors

Construction companies Balfour Beatty and Wates today, on International Women’s Day, took the Young Women’s Trust pledge to recruit more women to their apprenticeship programmes – and the charity is urging more employers to join them. The charity’s research has found that young women are often shut out of male-dominated sectors like construction and engineering due to gender stereotypes. Young women who have gone into male-dominated...

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New survey shows overwhelming support for gender pay laws & increased flexible working
Mar06

New survey shows overwhelming support for gender pay laws & increased flexible working

Gender pay audits ‘positive’ for business Employers overwhelmingly believe that gender pay audits will be positive for business, according to a Workingmums.co.uk survey. The survey showed 86% of employers were positive about the audits which come into effect in April for employers of 250 or more people and mean they will have to publish data regarding the gender pay gap in their organisation. The approval rating rose to...

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Five ways that gender pay gap reporting can benefit business
Feb27

Five ways that gender pay gap reporting can benefit business

The Government recently reported that the UK gender pay gap is at its lowest ever level at 18%. Alongside this, Justine Greening, Minister for Women and Equalities, cited that “there are more women in work than ever before, more women-led businesses than ever before and there are now women on every board in the FTSE100”. Whilst this is a positive step in the right direction, new legislation regarding the reporting on gender pay...

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Government rejects gender pay recommendations as MPs and leading HR figures warn action is needed
Feb23

Government rejects gender pay recommendations as MPs and leading HR figures warn action is needed

A report published this week by the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has warned that the government will not eliminate “structural causes” of wage inequality if it does not address issues such as flexible working and supporting older women back into work, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned.  MPs raised concerns over the government’s latest rejection of the committee’s recommendations. Rejected measures included three...

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The gender pay gap in sport is alive and kicking
Feb23

The gender pay gap in sport is alive and kicking

While we’re told the gender pay gap is decreasing, it still remains in many industries. And new research suggests that, in some cases, it’s startling. In 2016, men earned 18.1% more than women in the UK, compared to a 19.3% difference in 2015, according to government figures. Despite the reduction, there’s still a disparity. In some cases, there are simple reasons: more women work in low-pay jobs and part-time roles than men do, and...

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Survey finds most UK Employers are in the dark about gender pay reporting
Feb21

Survey finds most UK Employers are in the dark about gender pay reporting

Few UK Employers organisations are prepared to handle the requirements of the new gender pay reporting Regulations coming into force in April 2017, according to a new survey from XpertHR. The Regulations will require all employers with 250 or more employees to measure and report their gender pay gaps for the first time. XpertHR found that only 6.2% of employers had any formal mechanisms in place to monitor their gender pay gap before...

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