The 5 Causes of the Gender Pay Gap

By Sian Webb – Partnerships Manager at Gapsquare

At Gapsquare, we use technology to find out and explain what causes your gender pay gap. There is never one clear cut reason about why a company has a gender pay gap, and is usually caused by several factors, which can essentially be categorised into five causes.

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The 5 Causes of the Gender Pay Gap

EQUAL PAY VS THE GENDER PAY GAP: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

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New regulations came into force this April that require companies with over 250 employees to report on their gender pay gap. But what does this mean?

People,  says Sian Webb at Gapsquare, are quick to confuse equal pay with the gender pay gap.

“I was recently sat in a pub with some friends and they said that they were looking forward to finding out if their male colleague with the same job title and same experience was being more than them. I was also recently sat in a meeting with a large technology company and their Financial Director stated that the regulations were “ridiculous” as they are not comparing “like for like”.

That’s because we do not have to compare “like for like”. That would be an equal pay issue – something that is a legal requirement since the 1970 Equal Pay Act. If a male colleague has the same job title, same pay grade, same experience but earns more than the female counterpart, then there could in fact be an Equal Pay claim and legal advice should be sought.

The gender pay gap reporting requirements however, are not to do with Equal Pay. They compare the overall company male average pay to the female average pay and are more likely to reflect the clustering of women in low paid, part time roles, occupational segregation as there are less women in roles that pay more, and general lack of women in leadership roles.

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EQUAL PAY VS THE GENDER PAY GAP: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Gapsquare – Insights from the STEM Gender equality Congress, Berlin

Gapsquare’s Dr Zara Nanu joined teams of academics, industry experts, government representatives and policy makers at this year’s annual STEM Gender Equality Congress on the 8th and the 9th June where she spoke on Sharing Best Practice Between Industry and Academia. 

Sharing years of accumulated knowledge and experience working with companies in the UK and internationally to close their gender pay gap, Zara debated the issues with representatives of the World Economic Forum , Accenture and EDGE Certified Foundation.

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The event brought together experts and key figures who are working together to increase the number of women in Science Technology Engineering and Maths, and support those who do make it into STEM industries to stay there. A series a fascinating talks and panel discussions on how to bring women into STEM ensued.

The congress covered ways to ensure more women enter the sector and that these women are retained. It is widely acknowledged that this is not what happens at present and this plays its own devilish part in making the gender pay gap what it is (though they’re definitely not the only industries with serious issues to overcome).

Gapsquare’s particular interest was in discussing current practice in terms of engaging more women in STEM and also the creative thinking that is needed to bring together more stakeholders to think about how they can attract more women in STEM.

According to Dr. Zara Nanu:

“Obviously occupational segregation and lack of women in STEM is one of the leading causes of its gender pay gap and if we don’t do anything to increase numbers of women in these sectors then in 50 years’ time, with automation and the progress of technology we are going to see an exclusion of women from the economy altogether. ”

This was a hugely engaging congress and Gapsquare looks forward to continuing to work with innovative companies across the UK to share the wealth of knowledge and expertise gained on how we can increase the numbers of women in STEM.

 

Gapsquare – Insights from the STEM Gender equality Congress, Berlin

Pay transparency and the General Election 2017 – Your Impression Of Candidates’ Commitment

Brenda from Bristol is not the only cool thing coming out of Bristol this General Election 2017.

Between now and June 8th, Bristol based startup Gapsquare will be scrutinising Party Manifestos and candidate speeches to identify their specific stance on pay transparency. These include policies on gender and ethnicity pay gap.

Besides subjecting Manifestos to analysis, we will be reviewing ways in which different parties’ economic and social policy proposals would impact pay for various minority groups. Based on these insights, we will be developing predictive models to see how the pay gaps could evolve in the next 5 years.

But we can’t do it without you. We’d like to encourage everybody to send us any articles, speeches, references, notes, minutes of meetings, gossip as well as the occasional Wicked Whispers about candidate’s take on pay transparency to zara.nanu@gapsquare.com.

Results will be published in early June 2017.

 

 

CEO at Gapsquare – leading provider of gender pay gap analysis

Pay transparency and the General Election 2017 – Your Impression Of Candidates’ Commitment

How your law firm will lead on closing the gender pay gap

screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-15-28-41For law firms across the country, the 2017 gender pay gap regulations represent an opportunity.  As the deadline for the analysis of the Gender Pay Gap and Bonus Gap for the The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 grows closer, the urgency for legal firms is both in demonstrating positive action within their own organisations and in providing clients with necessary legal support and practical guidance for compliance. It’s high time to assume the mantle as leaders in ending the gender pay gap, and inspire those you work with to do the same.

“Working with Gapsquare has enabled many of our clients to see at a glance where any gender pay gaps exist and to analyse the factors behind the statistics. With the insights gathered from these analytics, they can now take positive steps to address any issues ahead of the gender pay snap-shot date, and well before the deadline for publishing their data”.

Victoria Parry, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP

Gapsquare was specifically built to help clients become self-sufficient in complying with gender pay gap reporting while also helping businesses close their gender pay gap. With a few clicks on the screen, you get your instant reporting figures, and the results include data that will assist both you and your clients in taking action. Our interactive dashboards will point out the trends in your gender pay gap and identify what you can do to narrow the gap.

Currently there are two versions of Gapsquare available online. The FREE tool will calculate some key reporting indicators such as the median and the mean pay gap, and will distribute your workforce across the pay quartiles. The PRO tool will automatically calculate the hourly rate excluding overtime and provide all reporting figures for pay and bonus gaps. Gapsquare’s advanced PRO tool includes guidance that will help you and your clients emerge as trailblazers in tackling the gap.

Our dedicated team works to guide you in making the most of our tools and prepare your business effectively.

 “It was clear to us that many employers would need advice and support at an early stage on the new gender pay gap reporting regime.  And we felt it was crucial that this advice covered not only the mechanics of the reporting exercise itself but the wider ramifications for the business… To that end, we built contacts with relevant stakeholders such as the Government Equalities Office, Gapsquare and Deloitte… “.

Amanda Steadman, Professional Support Lawyer, Addleshaw Goddard 

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