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 particular aspects of pay (such as starting salaries and bonuses) differ by gender?
- 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 men and women receive different performance scores on average?
Performance management scores can give you an indication of whether women and men are performing differently or being assessed differently. If there is a difference between performance scores, this can impact progression.
To work out if this is a problem in your organisation:
Look at the difference between the performance scores of men and women.
If possible, break them down by grade and job, particularly if performance management approaches vary between these groups.
If your organisation asks employees to provide a self-assessment of their performance, examine it
separately to look for imbalances.
Some research suggests that women tend to rate themselves lower than men and that men are overconfident in their self-ratings.
Encourage managers to monitor the following things:
Are men and women being given equal professional support?
For example, do they have equal frequency and quality of performance feedback or career conversations?If you find that there are gender imbalances arising from self-assessments:
Consider removing self-assessments from the performance management processes. If you are unable to do this, ensure that managers do not see their employee’s self-assessment before assigning a final performance score. This makes sure their score isn’t influenced by the employee’s self-assessment score.