If Men in Top Jobs Determine Pay – Is the Pay Gap any Surprise?

Research carried out recently by Manchester law firm Pannone found that almost one-third of the 100 north-west HR directors and managers surveyed, believed the biggest reason for the gender pay gap is down to men in top roles who determine salaries and subject measures such as bonuses and when to grant pay rises, Women in Technology. The research found that 84% of respondents said unequal pay was a problem among private businesses. The news comes at a time when the Fawcett Society, UNISON, the TUC and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have published a report examining ways to enforce equal pay. A key recommendation from the group is the implementation of the new Equality Act in full so that employers become more transparent on pay rates for women and men. The group came together on November 2nd – the day when women effectively stop getting paid for the year in comparison to men. It seems that we need more women in management and senior roles to ensure equal pay – of course we all know that getting the pay you deserve can be an uphill battle.

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