11.9% Mind the Gap

Episode 4,   Oct 16, 2019, 01:00 AM

Is inequality in the workplace inevitable? Of course not – but why are we not seeing improvement in the 11.9% gender pay gap (the average for UK businesses with over 250 employees)? Why do women lose out when it comes to bonuses? And are there instances when a low gender pay gap could be a bad thing? 
This episode’s panel holds nothing back. Find out why LGIM’s Dame Helena Morrisey believes that men having more life choices is key to women’s equal pay; why Liz Benison, the MD of Arriva, likens women self-selecting out the system to skiing in a whiteout; why the ICAEW’s Dr Jane Berney thinks that quotas are not a good thing (while others disagree) and why the CEO of the Fawcett Society, Sam Smethers, cautions against a one-size-fits-all-women approach to diversity in the workplace.
Business journalist Louise Cooper is back in the chair in this latest episode from ICAEW’s More Than a Number. While guiding the conversation, she gathers a lot of really helpful advice. Dame Helena guides on how best to negotiate a pay rise; Liz shows how very simple amends to language usage hugely increased the number of women taking up development courses; and the panel discusses the benefits of not asking candidates to disclose their current salary in job interviews.
Dame Helena Morrisey was Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management at the time of recording.
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Inequality is not inevitable, but we have to create faster change. ICAEW has resources to help you improve diversity within your workplace. Find out more here. 
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