Yesterday, which was the first gender pay gap snapshot date under the gender pay gap reporting rules that are now coming into effect, employers that are affected by the new rules will be preoccupied with collecting the raw data from which their statistics will need to be compiled. Continue reading
The causes of the gender pay gap are complex. It is affected by wider cultural and social influences, in particular the prevailing assumptions about the role of women as and by the unequal assumption of responsibility for unpaid domestic work by men and women.
Calls to address the issue are being raised all over the world – in Iceland on 24 October 2016 and in France on 7 November for example campaigners urged working women to down tools in recognition of the fact that the pay gap means that they would effectively be working for free for the remainder of the year. Across Europe the average pay gap between men and women in equivalent jobs is 16.1%.
There is considerable consensus about the measures that are likely to achieve change:
The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and put 20,000 pensions at risk. Sir Philip Green has been roundly criticised for the fact that he offloaded an ailing BHS with substantial pension deficits to a thrice bankrupt buyer with no retail experience, who ultimately drove it over a cliff.