Monday, April 10, 2017

Why you need more than data to close the gender pay gap - INDEPENDENT

by Mehul Patel 
Originally published: April 8, 2017

On Thursday, a new law came into play that will force UK companies with more than 250 employees to publish data about their gender pay gap. The legislation will affect around 9,000 companies and is already poised to have a massive impact on gender pay disparity in the UK.

Personally I welcome the change. Despite its many positive attributes, the tech industry, where I work, is one that’s been plagued with gender inequality issues for decades.

In fact, data from recruitment company Hired’s recent Equal Pay Day report found that women are paid 9 per cent less than their male colleagues in the tech industry – the equivalent of £5,000 a year on average. And in two of every three instances where a man and woman are offered the same role at the same company, the woman is offered less.