New guidance published on recruitment and career progression of women

The gender pay audit of larger UK employers shows more than three out of four UK companies pay their male staff more on average than their female staff, more than half give higher bonuses to men, on average, than women, and over 80% have more women in their lowest paid positions than in their highest paid positions, according to the Government Equalities Office. The figures have been published together with a new ‘What Works’ guidance for companies to help them improve the recruitment and progression of women and close their gender pay gap.

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The advice includes recommendations to:

  • Assess candidates based on actual tasks they would be expected to perform in their role, and make interviews more structured to avoid unfair bias creeping in.
  • Encourage salary negotiation by showing salary ranges, as it says women are currently less likely to negotiate their pay than men. It states: “This is partly because women are put off if they are not sure about what a reasonable offer is.”
  • Introduce transparency to pay, promotion and reward processes.

Women and equalities minister Penny Mordaunt said: “It is appalling that in the 21stcentury there is still a big difference between the average earnings of men and women . . . We need to take action to ensure businesses know how they can make best use of their talent and make their gender pay gaps a thing of the past.”

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