HR Magazine – Some FTSE firms still taking “one and done” approach to women on boards

HR Magazine – Some FTSE firms still taking “one and done” approach to women on boards

There are still a large number of FTSE 350 firms with just one woman on their boards, according to the Hampton-Alexander Review’s mid-year update. It has revealed that since the review and the Investment Association wrote to 69 companies with one woman or less on the board outlining their concerns in mid-March this year, 20 have now appointed women but 14 companies have not yet responded. (more…)...
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Business Independent – Gender pay reporting – what is the next step?

Business Independent – Gender pay reporting – what is the next step?

By Teresa Boughey - May/June 2019 The gender pay gap has been extensively documented across the press and social media, especially over the past month as the deadline for public sector companies with over 250 employees to submit their gender pay gap figures was the 30th March 2019 and the deadline for charities and companies was by midnight on the 4th April 2019. With the year two figures now emerging, it is becoming apparent that instead of the gap narrowing, which many initially thought would happen when it was introduced, it has actually widened, with 45% of respondents reporting an increase in...
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Everywoman.com – 5 experts on what the UK’s gender pay gap report really means

Everywoman.com – 5 experts on what the UK’s gender pay gap report really means

UK businesses with more than 250 employees had to report their gender pay gap by 4 April this year. The resulting figures show that 7,755 firms paid male employees more money than their female staff,* based on median hourly pay between 2017 and 2018, and the overall gap remained virtually the same (9.6% compared to 9.7% last year). Does this simply mean businesses aren’t doing enough? Or are there more complex explanations behind the numbers? Five industry leaders offer their insight. April 2019 Teresa Boughey, founder and CEO of Jungle HR Businesses need to consider the inclusivity of their recruitment processes, talent management...
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Personnel Today – Diversity in HR: is it really a ‘white female’ profession?

Personnel Today – Diversity in HR: is it really a ‘white female’ profession?

I was delighted to be a guest contributor to this article in Personnel Today by Ashleigh Webber - 26 February 2019. Although often tasked with improving diversity and inclusion, HR is still often seen as a “white female” career. But is this necessarily the case? Ashleigh Webber looks at gender and racial diversity in HR and whether it is as homogeneous as it seems.   It is no secret that a lack of diversity – particularly in senior positions – has become one of the biggest challenges for employers. Most would be shocked to learn that in 2018 more than half of FTSE 100...
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Little Change in Gender Pay Gap Figures

Little Change in Gender Pay Gap Figures

According to the BBC earlier today, not much has changed in the terms of the mean gender gap, it has lowered slightly from 9.7% to 9.6%. Whilst some companies will have missed the deadline, the majority of the expected 10,000 organisation did publish their gender pay information in time. So, now the analysis  of the data commences, as well as scrutiny of those organisations who missed the deadline and examination of the narratives from those where the gender pay gap has widened. There are also important lessons to be learned from those narratives where the gap favoured women - just 14%. ...
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Celebrating International Women at Work

Celebrating International Women at Work

It was something a bit different for the March All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women and Enterprise. We were delighted to be joined by the Female Ambassadors Group to celebrate International Women’s Day to discuss the advancement of women in enterprise around the globe.   Her Excellency Baiba Braze, Ambassador of Latvia chaired the meeting alongside Craig Tracey MP and guests included Ambassadors, Charge D’affaires and High Commissioners from worldwide locations such as Canada, Sri Lanka and Rwanda. (more…)...
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Early Gender Pay Gap Reporting Reveals an Uncomfortable Truth

Early Gender Pay Gap Reporting Reveals an Uncomfortable Truth

Ahead of the April deadline for Gender Pay Gap reporting the BBC has found that some companies are actually reporting wider gaps then they did last year with the Construction and Finance/Insurance sectors having the highest pay gaps to date. Although only 10% of organisations that employ over 250 people have reported their figures so far, and the median gender pay gap is a slight improvement from 8.4% to 9.7%, this is still disappointing news for female workers in some of the largest companies in the UK. (more…)...
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S is for Stretch Assignments

S is for Stretch Assignments

Stretch assignments are opportunities for individuals to take on additional projects or potential secondments. Giving someone a task which is outside of their comfort zone can expand their knowledge, build their confidence and prepare them for career progression. (more…)...
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R is for Richer Decision Making

R is for Richer Decision Making

The quality of decision making in any company is undoubtedly a critical success factor. Numerous studies have shown that richer decision making occurs with a diverse leadership population. Companies that have an all-male board, or a male dominated board, could find that decision making is governed by tradition and rules yet, when the pressure is on, men can become more eager to take risks (to get rewards) and decisions may end up being driven by the egos around the table. (more…)...
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Q is for Quotas

Q is for Quotas

There has been much historical debate about the appropriateness of gender quotas, i.e. a fixed proportion, a percentage, of something that has to be achieved by a certain time. To date, the government has resisted imposing formal quotas on organisations; its approach to closing the gender gap has been one to encourage organisations to adopt a business led attainment of diversity inclusion balance targets. (more…)...
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