Gender Pay Gap in 2019 : Companies Under Pressure to Keep Pace With The Economical Equity Era


Companies Under Pressure to Keep Pace With The Economical Equity Era

It was considered as the biggest legislative game changer for working women since the Equal Pay Act has a made a decision to pay people of different genders absolutely differently for the same jobs done in 1970.

The buzz might not have been overvalued, and that is a first. Boundaries-breaking law that obligated companies to expose their gender pay gaps in 2018 for the first time and it immediately had a huge effect, yet, companies are probably going to come under an added pressure to filter the gap in 2019, according to data and experts.

The Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) had made an employment survey that reveals 93% of businesses are taking action to end the gender pay gap and develop gender diversity in their workforces, compared with only 62% who were asked the exact question in 2017. Companies increasingly are showing signs that they are recognizing the business case for creating a blended and various workers, basically, 60% are stating that it helps attract and keep the employees, while the half states that it actually enhanced skills and abilities in the company’s workforces.

Clever job candidates somehow have a whole lot of pressure on companies to prove that they are encouraging gender equality and having an outstanding variety in the work space. Now, two thirds of women are considering the companies gender pay gap, according to a research that was done by the Equality and Human Rights. Therefore, businesses are struggling with a crucial skills set issue, states Matthew Percival, the head of employment at CBI.

“There is a long term problem related to the demographics, where businesses need to work as hard as possible to widen their image or it will definitely be more and more difficult to acquire the best talents from diverse work forces” he said.

Percival added that the CBI was holding diversity conferences several times a year, which were increasingly oversubscribed. “I think businesses are sincere; they want to understand how to do things differently,” he said. He believes that more companies will talk about their efforts regarding the reduction of the gender pay gap in 2019, but had a caution alert: “In year one or year two you might be able to talk about what you are doing but by year three and four you will need to see those metrics moving.”

A report and study were done, and they found out that the 250 responses received reveal that particulars are employing a total of 1 million people, also found half of companies were already set on a huge focus on gender’s diversity at all of the levels of the company, yet only a 3rd were placing a important focus on gender workforce diversity in their company’s philosophy and leadership.

Previous year, researches have showed there were more males leading FTSE 100 companies than there were women or different from ethnic minorities. There were only 5 minority ethnic and 7 female executives of FTSE 100 companies. 13 executives were white males.

In previous April, the requirements showed  that almost 8 in 10 companies and public sector organizations paid men way more than women. The studied data shows that women were being paid a medium hourly rate that is considered on average by 9.7% less than that of their male co-workers.

Helene Reardon-Bond, the former head of gender and equality at the government equalities office (GEO), confirmed that executives were coming under pressure both from work forces and adversary companies to show that they were upgrading their leadership and closing their gender pay gaps.

“Business leaders are very competitive – they don’t want the reputational risk of not publishing, and not being seen improved” she said.

“It has been amazing to see gender pay reports becoming one of the biggest business stories of this year. We were helped by the #MeToo campaign, and the Harvey Weinstein scandal helped throw petrol on the fire – but we now have people speaking about eliminating the gender pay gap as a business imperative. That is pretty seismic.”

About 1500 important British companies broke the law by not reporting their gender pay gap in the requested time, but 10.000 employers – 100% of those within the range of the new law – reported after 10 weeks of the set deadline.

A study done by the Institute for Public Policy Research found out that 81% of large employers had considered or taken steps to close the gender pay gap as a result of the regulations. It also found that in spite of the initial conditions, 4 out of 5 employers were encouraging the gender pay gap reporting rules.

Following the deadline, the gender and equality at the government equalities office published actions that outlined factual and firm suggestions to companies who would want to close their gender pay gaps, therefore, that includes having multiple women in waiting lists for recruitment and promotions as well.

Joe Dromey, an IPPR senior research collegue, warned that the increased transparency achieved by the reporting rules alone would not change pay gaps – government along with employers must address the structural reasons behind gender pay inequalities.

“There are a lot of companies who are just comforming with the legislation, thus, many more are looking at what they can change to face the gap issue,” said Dromey, who added that about 1 in 3 companies provided it an “additional narrative” to their workforces.

“Just these slightly formulaic statements about not having an equal pay problem, those will wear thin if you have a year-on-year significant gender pay gap which is not narrowing,” Dromey said.

The biggest challenge that employers are facing is the fact that some scales made to lower the gender pay gap in the long term could actually increase the gap in the short term – for example: hiring more young women. According to the CBI, 24% report they are placing an important focus on improving gender diversity in entry-level recruitment only.

“The expectations in the economy and at many large or small companies in overall is that you must see progress year after year,” said Dromey. “The reasons behind the gender pay gap are hard to determine, so there will be certainly a challenge of managing expectations. Thus, hopefully, the publicity would encourage more companies to think about the steps they should be and the consequences that come with each decision made.”