Eight ways to understand your organisation's gender pay gap
Key questions for employers to ask that will help you to identify different potential causes of your gender pay gap.
- Do people get ‘stuck’ at certain levels within your organisation?
- Is there gender imbalance in your promotions?
- Are women more likely to be recruited into lower paid roles in your organisation?
- Do men and women leave your organisation at different rates?
- Do men and women receive different performance scores on average?
- Are you doing all that you can to support part-time employees to progress?
- Are you supporting both men and women to take on caring responsibilities?
Do particular aspects of pay (such as starting salaries and bonuses) differ by gender?
As part of gender pay gap reporting, you need to report information about the proportion of men and women receiving bonuses. Under the Equality Act 2010, employers must also ensure they are providing equal compensation for equal work. Analysing information about equal pay and bonuses can help you identify whether particular aspects of pay might be contributing to your gender pay gap.
Do men and women have different starting salaries for similar jobs in your organisation?
Another aspect of pay that can contribute to the gender pay gap is women having lower starting salaries than men doing similar jobs. This may be a problem for you if you allow negotiation of starting salaries, as some research has found that women are less likely to negotiate their pay than men, and that when women do negotiate their pay, they can be judged more harshly than men for doing so. These things mean that women’s starting salaries might end up being lower than that of men doing the same job.
Review how the different aspects of pay are allocated with your organisation.
Consider if your processes clear and transparent. And if people being held accountable when allocating them.