4 in 10 workers in Liverpool
believe the gender pay gap is 'out of their hands'
NEW research from the UK's leading
independent job board, CV Library, has found that 41.2% of employees in
Liverpool believe that the gender pay gap is 'out of their hands', with
75% admitting that they've been paid less because of their gender.
The research, which surveyed 1,000 UK workers on their attitudes towards the
gender pay gap in Britain, found that despite there being concerns around
stopping pay inequality, 83.3% of workers in the city do believe that their
employer can effectively measure any gaps in their organisation.
When asked what else could be done to prevent any further disconnect, employees
in Liverpool cited: set salaries for each industry/role (30.8%), more support
for working mums and dads (30.8%), ending the stigma around women going on
maternity leave (30.8%) and more confidence amongst women to ask for more money
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, comments:- "The
gender pay gap has been a topic of discussion for many years now, but it's
concerning that it's come to a point where workers now see no way out. While
there's been some development to better support working parents, such as the
introduction of shared parental leave, organisations must work hard to
facilitate their employees and create an honest and open culture where women
feel comfortable taking a stance against inequality."
The study comes just 1 month before the changes in legislation around gender pay
reporting are set to come in place. When asked about their attitudes towards
these new rules, 70% of workers in Liverpool said that they would be happy for
their company to publish their salary. In addition, 52.4% said that their reason
behind this is that it would be fair for everyone.
However, of the 30% who said that they wouldn't be happy for their salary to be
revealed, 66.7% said that it's because it is private information. Furthermore,
41.2% of workers in Liverpool believe that the changes that are being put in
place, in April 2017, will be enough.
Biggins continues:- "The new legislation coming into play in April should
go some way to highlighting gaps in UK organisations, but it's clear that the
issue won't end here. Our survey found that 43.3% of workers in Manchester think
that there's more that could be done to stop the gender pay gap and the
Government needs to listen. Without effectively tackling the issues around
flexible working, caring responsibilities, helping women aged over 40 back into
the workforce, and general workplace discrimination, the UK can't expect to see
the gender pay gap to truly close for some time. We hope that our research is
another wake up call for the nation when it comes to tackling unequal pay."
For more information, download the full report