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More than a third of UK employers are failing to review salaries across genders to safeguard against pay discrimination, according to a new survey ahead of implementation of legislation on gender pay audits.
The survey of 4,700 employees and 145 employers by totaljobs shows 82% of companies are not reviewing their gender equality/equal pay policy and 58% don’t have salary information available across roles and genders. Just over 53% of employers feel “very confident” that salaries are equal across the genders.
The legislation on gender pay audits comes into force on 6th April, requiring UK companies with more than 250 staff to keep records of gender pay and bonuses.
The survey also showed men are currently more likely to receive a bonus than women and typically receive more. In the past year, 43% of men received a bonus of £2,059, on average, versus 38% of women, who, on average, received £1,128.
It also shows that nearly a quarter of women (23%) feel men are paid more for the same role while just 44% of women feel both genders receive equal pay, compared to 58% of men. Women appear to feel more inclined to move jobs to increase their salary – when it comes to negotiating pay, 75% of women admit they don’t feel comfortable asking for a higher salary, even though 75% say they do expect a higher salary if they move roles.
John Salt, director of totaljobs said: “Gender Pay Gap Information reporting is a fantastic step taken by the government to address the issue of gender pay inequality and encourage employers to explore necessary reforms for a fair and inclusive remuneration structure. It’s imperative that we act now, especially when our research showed 51% of employers don’t coach or prepare their management on equal pay and gender equality.
“The remuneration decision-making process needs to be made more transparent – pay decisions should not be kept to the confines of top management and board meetings. Our research found 26% of men and 31% of women don’t know how their company makes decisions on salary and pay rises. This information should be readily available. This legislation forcing the review of pay structures could be the internal reflection organisations need to avoid future discrimination and effect positive cultural change.”