As a daily barrage of stories hit the press and social channels on Gender Pay gap reporting and the energy that was generated through International Women's Day this research from Randstad in the USA highlights even more views on the inclusivity and equality.
In the UK the current gender pay gap for full-time and part-time employees stands at 18.4%. This pay gap means that women effectively work for free for the first 67 days of the year, until they begin to get paid on Women’s Pay Day which was yesterday, 8 March.
During International Women’s Day yesterday, women workers in Spain went on strike to protest gender inequality and sexual discrimination. In France, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe proposed a measure which would see companies fined for failing to erase the gender pay gap.
In the USA employees increasingly expect equality and inclusion in the workplace and the survey results show compelling evidence that this is an important issue.
The question for employers is how to consider diversity efforts as part of their engagement efforts. It is quite clear that strategies to recruit, retain and engage more women, nonwhites, LGBTQ workers and other underrepresented groups could reduce turnover and finally move the dial more substantially.
A majority of employees (78%) say a workplace where people are treated equally — regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race or religion — is important to them, according to the results of a new Randstad US survey. However, more than half of companies are not meeting this expectation, as 56% of female workers and 52% of male workers believe their employers could do more to promote gender equality and diversity, Randstad reports. Other results from the study show that 80% of women would switch employers for improved gender equality elsewhere; 31% of women feel they have as many or more opportunities than men with their current employer; and 58% of women (versus 34% of men) cite a lack of promotions for women into leadership positions as the main cause of gender inequality.