A recent survey of 1,594 public sector organizations in the United Kingdom revealed increases in the gender pay gap, not decreases. While these numbers may seem surprising given the public awareness and government-legislated reporting, some industry leaders see the problem in how the reporting has been handled by companies.
Curo's Ruth Thomas pointed out that merely pulling together the data on a company's pay practices isn't enough to bring about real change: “Last year just a third of the data set provided any form of narrative, which was a lost opportunity when it came to quantifying the numbers.” It's critical to see the reporting as a first step to progress; companies need to identify what is driving their wage gaps. Only once the systems allowing pay disparities are understood can real change be implemented that will lead to pay equality.
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