Mind the Gender Pay Gap
61% of women look at organisations’ gender pay gap when applying for jobs, suggesting that workplaces with larger pay gaps could be missing out on female talent and also putting itself at a competitive disadvantage.
Never before has the issue of gender pay been reported as extensively in the media. The change has come about since the gender pay reporting legislation, which requires employers with 250 or more employees to publish calculations every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees. Often the gender pay gap is confused with the issue of unequal pay. Equal pay deals with the pay differences between men and women who carry out the same jobs, similar jobs or work of equal value. Whereas, the gender pay gap shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women in a workforce.
Whilst unequal pay is illegal, the gender pay gap is not. However, a business which finds that it has a large pay gap between its male and female staff, is more likely to find that its female employees are less motivated and committed to their role. Female staff are also less likely to recommend their employer and are more likely to leave their employment. Accordingly, businesses which pay their female employees less can suffer from reputational and business damage. It is crucial that employers take steps to identify any gaps in pay between their staff and investigate whether there are any possible cases of gender wage discrimination.
Niki Avraam, Employment Law Partner at Howat Avraam Solicitors comments:
We understand that addressing the gender pay gap is also about wider HR and employment relations issues such as recruitment, flexible working and promotion. Howat Avraam Solicitors can advise business on their reporting obligations and provide specific advice on measures to reduce the degree of unequal pay risk which you may be running as an organisation.
To discuss any employment matter on a no obligation basis, please contact Niki Avraam, Employment Partner, on 020 3735 6708 or email Niki at Niki.Avraam@hasolicitors.co.uk. Alternatively, visit our website at www.howatavraamsolicitors.co.uk.