BBC top salary list: genuine gender equality or PR stunt?

BBC top salary list: genuine gender equality or PR stunt?

On 2nd July 2019, the BBC published its star salaries list where three women had ranked as top paid presenters for the first time. In light of this, HRreview asked me and other professionals in their field to pose the question of whether this is a genuine step by the BBC to rectify inequality within their company or a way of ticking boxes merely to comply to standards. (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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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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Diversity and Inclusion – Five Top Trends for 2019

Diversity and Inclusion – Five Top Trends for 2019

There has been plenty of progress in the world of diversity and inclusion but will it be such a hot topic in 2019? Here are my predictions, in no particular order, for trends to watch out for, or act on, if you want to get ahead on your D&I journey. 1. Improved Gender Pay Gap Reporting There will be continued scrutiny on gender and ethnicity pay and representation and the gaps which still exist. I think we will also see smaller companies taking proactive steps to review and analyse their data and build inclusive companies, despite the government rejecting calls to widen...
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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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Actions to Close the Gender Pay Gap

Actions to Close the Gender Pay Gap

The summer may be a quiet time in terms of business in the media, but the issue of gender pay equality is just not going away. In early August the Government Equalities Office (GEO) issued a press release that stated: “For the first time ever 100% of UK employers identified as being in scope of gender pay gap regulations have published their data”. Well that’s good news, but unfortunately, reporting gender pay gaps is not quite the same as tackling gender pay gaps. The data showed, that three out of four of those companies reporting, still pay their male staff more...
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Diversity – Creating a Climate for Change

Diversity – Creating a Climate for Change

With women making up 50% of the workforce – surely we don’t need special roles created to help women progress in their careers?  Amanda Jones disagrees. She was appointed to a newly created role as Women’s Advancement Director for law firm Dentons, to help women lawyers at the firm boost their development and progression to partner and leadership positions. In an interview with HR Magazine she commented that women are still often viewed as a minority despite making up more than half of the workforce. (more…)...
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Increasing Diversity and Inclusivity

Increasing Diversity and Inclusivity

An article in HR Magazine (July 10 2018) The age of engagement and inclusivity really struck home with me this week as I have been knuckling down and finishing my first book ‘Closing the Gap: How to Weave Diversity Through an Organisation’. The article focussed on the need to move away from legislation to eradicate discrimination and towards fostering an inclusive workplace.  Increasing diversity and inclusivity makes good business sense and has many advantages not least avoiding complex and costly legal cases. (more…)...
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