The Gender Pay Gap, Equality and Diversity, and Learning at Work Week

 

I was thinking about our Gender Pay Analysis and what we should do about addressing it, and would appreciate some feedback from readers.  We have come out with a pay gap of 12%, which means that the average man in SCC gets paid 12% more per hour than the average woman – this is under the national average for public sector organisations, but it’s no reason to be complacent.  Looking into this in some detail, it comes down to our having more men in senior positions than women, and thankfully not that women and men are not paid the same amount for doing the same jobs.  As an essentially practical person, I’m keen to implement measures that ensure that we reflect our diversity at all levels.  As I think I’ve written here before, diverse organisations aren’t just the right thing to do; they also work more effectively.

Talking to colleagues, I’ve come to the conclusion that we could benefit from more of us taking some Equality and Diversity (E&D) training, more to improve our level of understanding and knowledge than to address any specific issue in the workforce.  For example, UK employment law allows an employer to offer a job to a person from a protected category – gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability, marriage, transsexual, pregnancy and religion – if there are 2 candidates of equal merit, and the organisation is under-represented in that category.  If you have any questions about this, contact HR advice and guidance who will be able to tell you more.

I learned that on the Armed Forces excellent E&D training package that all senior officers have to complete every 3 years, and it’s a useful practical method of tackling imbalance in a workforce.  That fact is also contained in the GO platform’s equally good Equality in the Workplace package.  I was a little disappointed to hear that only 10% of us have taken the package, and I would ask that you make a few minutes available to have a look and learn some useful knowledge.  You won’t regret it, and the very fact that you are thinking about it will help to tackle any unconscious bias.

As a footnote, Learning at Work Week next week is getting a lot of attention, for which I’m very grateful.  Many of the sessions are booked-out, but there are still some vacancies in others.  Have a look at what’s available and I would ask that you do at least one session.  If your preferred session in booked up, such as SUMO and mindfulness, get in touch with the OD staff and ask when they will be doing follow-up sessions.

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