The Government has announced a new pilot programme to include salary ranges in job adverts and ban salary history questions.
The Government has launched a pilot scheme where employers list salary details in job adverts and stop asking about salary history in the recruitment process.
It says the initiative aims to improve pay transparency in the job application process and is based on evidence which shows listing a salary range on a job advert and not asking applicants to disclose salary history help women to negotiate pay on a fairer basis.
Alongside this, the Government will launch a new returners programme to help women who have taken time out for caring back into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers. The Government has already run 25 returner programmes across the private and public sector. The new programme will support returners across the UK – giving them the opportunity to refresh and grow their skills in sectors where their talents are most needed. It will run for a minimum of two years. The Government says the evidence gathered will enable and provide a base for organisations to provide their own returner programmes.
Minister for Women, Baroness Stedman-Scott, said: “We believe that increased pay transparency will build on positive evidence of the role information can play when it comes to empowering women in the workplace. It is essential that we keep women at the forefront of the levelling up agenda as we recover from the pandemic and rebuild together.”