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Bridging the Gender Pay Gap, by Tom Castley

This article first appeared in HR review January 2016 The gender pay gap is an on-going battle and a topic of much discussion and debate, with recent research suggesting global leaders believe gender equality in the workplace is an average of 17 years away. The statistics support this view. Women make up less than 10 percent of executive directors at FTSE 100 companies and are paid less than male counterparts in 90 percent of sectors. In London alone, women earn

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Are your decision makers on board with gender equality? Fawcett Society

Men believe that equality between the sexes would be better for the UK economy and themselves, according to a survey of 8,000 people commissioned by the Fawcett Society, to mark its 150th year. However, despite showing a clear desire for equality, the forthcoming ‘Sex Equality – State of the Nation’ report also reveals that there are still significant barriers to progress that need to be overcome. Many (60%) believe that unless quotas are introduced, despite believing it’s a good idea,

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Microsoft and Diversity

This article first appeared in HR Review in December 2015. Microsoft, the computer giant, has been trying for some time to diversify its workforce, however recent efforts have not got the company that far. The Microsoft workforce was 26.8 percent female at the end of September, a notable drop from 29 percent the year earlier. “We are not satisfied with where we are today regarding the percentage of women in our workforce,” commented Gwen Houston, general manager of global diversity

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Boards with more women result in better return on equity

This article appeared in HR Review and was written by Robert Leeming.   Does equity rocket with a greater female presence in boardrooms? The increasing focus on the gender composition of company boards, is fired, partly by the fact that some studies show significant outperformance by companies with women on boards, though no one has yet been able to show a direct link between the two. The latest research by MSCI, an independent provider of research-driven insights and tools for

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Sky’s commitment to gender equality in one page

The following was shared by Bella Vuillermoz. Bella is Sky’s Director of Women in leadership. You can read my interview with her by clicking the link – Bella Vuillermoz. We want to create the best performing, gender balanced leadership team. Where we are today: we’re building on a strong foundation. Today, a third of our top 400 leaders are women Where we want to get to: a gender balanced leadership team (50/50 split of top 400) How we want to

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118 Years to Close the Pay Gap?

The World Economic Forum believes it will take another 118 years – or until 2133 – until the global pay gap between men and women is finally closed. Women are only now earning the amount that men did in 2006, data from the WEF’s Global Gender Gap report says. It says progress on closing the gap has stalled in recent years at a time when more women are entering the workplace. In fact, nearly a quarter of a billion more

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Quotas Not Necessarily Good for Keeping Women on Boards

I’m on the record of supporting quotas for women on boards as I think then companies will really begin to invest in all of their talent right down the line. A diverse workforce improves the bottom line and a myriad other things. However, I am also interested in evidence and facts so when I spot a piece of research saying quotas are not helpful, I am honour bound to take a look and consider it seriously. The research was undertaken

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Update on Lord Davies Report October 29th 2015

Press release Lord Davies: FTSE 350 boards should be 33% female by 2020 From: Department for Education, Government Equalities Office , Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP and + others First published: 29 October 2015 Part of: Equality Lord Davies’ final report includes a target for more female board members in the UK’s 350 largest companies. The recommendations made by Lord Davies in his final report, including a new target for business and a

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Gender Equality is Not About Fixing the Women or Blaming the Men

Let’s not blame the men, and equally, let’s not try to fix the women either I have written two courses (tried and tested) for women, RenewYou and Speak Up. The intention of both is to boost the confidence of women in order that they might challenge the status quo and, crucially, take advantage of opportunities which many employers now make available. They are not about trying to fix the women to behave more like the men. Nor are they about

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Defined job families and levels are key to understanding gender pay gap – Mercer

I’m grateful to Mercer UK for sharing this.  More information can be found on their website here. In its response to the ‘Closing the Gender Pay Gap Consultation’ from the UK Government’s Equalities Office, Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), has said that without precise, solid frameworks and clear job definitions, efforts to tackle gender pay disparity in the UK risk becoming confused.

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