The gender pay gap – it’s just not that simple

first_imgClosely on the heels of Mipim 2018, where the topic of diversity was high on everyone’s agenda, we’re now talking about gender pay gap reporting for UK businesses. It is an emotive – and potentially divisive – subject, which too often means that some of the facts get lost on the debate, and we end up with an over simplification of the situation.It is unfortunate that the methodology for measuring the gender pay gap is somewhat misleading at first glance. Using the average wage for males and females serves more to highlight the lack of females in the workforce rather than the difference in pay that the name suggests.For many companies today, men and women at the same level are paid the same. I am a female CEO of an architectural design practise which has a 40:60 male-female split. At every level, women are paid at the same rate as men. At entry level, we have more women than men. The challenge comes at the senior levels where the male-female ratio shifts – and this will take time to rectify.This ageing population will have the biggest effect on the pace of change in gender equality in the workplaceThe gender issue is being addressed by the majority of companies but it can’t happen overnight. I wish it could. The drive for equality is important but businesses are now dealing with the result of commonplace practice bias from over 30 years ago. But it is changing.The changes we are seeing now are the results of women in my generation – and generations before – that chose to stay in the game sitting alongside and competing with their male counterparts. This means we sacrificed family time, in some cases families, just like men have had to for a long time. It has always been possible to get to the top table, but now it is getting easier. Admittedly there is still a way to go but lets acknowledge the effort of the women that have gone before us as well as many enlightened and supportive men – be they former bosses, spouses, siblings or peers. They would be delighted at the choices that we now have.I am proud that my teenage daughter and her friends will never need to encounter the blatant sexism that so many have before them. They will have choices and a voice. I have no doubt that the future generations entering the workforce will be far more equal in gender numbers. The teenagers I know (and as mother of a female teenager I know a few) can not comprehend a world where they aren’t treated equally. And this applies to males as well as females.We can’t shy away from some fundamental and essential facts in the gender debate. It’s a confusing landscape at the moment in the workplace, and most of this confusion is blamed on gender bias. In reality the answer is far more complex. Quotas aren’t a long-term solution, although I accept that it was a kick start for many firms. I firmly believe that you have to be the best person for the job, regardless of gender. The danger with quotas is that men become disadvantaged and there appears to be an assumption that every male makes it to the top. They don’t; they have setbacks too. It is essential that jobs roles are awarded to the most deserving candidate, regardless of gender. Our challenge is to ensure that the resource pool has equal gender numbers in it, and that everyone has a fair chance.For the first time we are seeing five generations in the workplace, and for the first time we are understanding the impact this is having on us all. Everyone is working longer as our improved life expectancy allows and poor pension provision dictates. As a direct consequence the historically male dominated workforce is staying longer. There is no quick fix to the small number of females coming through to new senior positions as the existing management are slower to leave. This ageing population will have the biggest effect on the pace of change in gender equality in the workplace. Eventually the older working generation will be consist of both men and women, but not for awhile.Childcare availability and cost is almost always cited as the reason for thelack of females at senior levels. It is a hugely significant factor and there is a lot that the Government and businesses can do to change this. Motherhood is a natural human process, and it doesn’t have to mean the forfeit of a promising career. Childcare cost can be a limiting factor – but it is always talked about in terms of limiting the mother’s career financially. It is rarely seen as a couple’s issue. Viewed as a percentage on one income, childcare is expensive, but viewed as a percentage of the joint income it becomes slightly more bearable.However, as a society we must guard against ostracising those that decide they want to have time away to raise their children. We are in danger of removing this element of choice for women, which is just as important.This is an exciting time for women in the workplace, let’s not get distracted by potentially misleading stats and keep moving forward. I will support any campaign that truly benefits women, but singling us out to be handled with care is a road to nowhere. Men and women – we are in it together.last_img read more

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High school boys basketball: Bossier clinches 1-4A title; Airline, Parkway win

first_imgParkway led 29-24 at the half. The Yellow Jackets rallied in thethird quarter and were up 40-38 going into the fourth. Bossier (27-3, 13-0) leads second-place Woodlawn (26-5, 11-2) bytwo games with one to play. The Knights defeated Benton 78-55 at Benton onTuesday, Kaalas Roots added 21 points, including three 3s. Forward DanteBell scored 16. Deandre Thomas and Cody Deen had nine each. “As a coach it’s easy to get caught up in w’s and L’s, butsometimes things are much more important. Watching guys grow individually andas a team was rewarding.  Guys neverstopped fighting and we accomplished a lot of things.  An honor to coach this team.” Bossier finished with 11 3-pointers. Bossier led 27-17 after the first eight minutes and 50-30 at thehalf. Parkway’s Tobias Boone hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth.Isaiah Robinson scored eight of his 12 points, including four free throws, inthe final period. Byrd (11-14, 5-6) will be headed to the Division I playoffs nextweek. Cason Dunlap led BTW (10-16, 7-6) with 14 points. Bossier closes the regular season against Northwood at home onFriday at 6 p.m. The Bearkats will be the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A playoffs. Southwood (24-9, 10-1) clinched at least a share of the districttitle with a 58-54 victory over Captain Shreve (17-13, 9-2). Airline (19-11,8-3) is in third place. In a post on Twitter Tuesday night, Picou wrote: In District 1-5A, the Airline Vikings defeated the HaughtonBuccaneers 81-60 at Airline, and the Parkway Panthers downed Byrd 60-56 atParkway. Parkway (13-12, 4-7) closes its season Friday at Shreve. At No.40 in the power rankings, the Panthers may not be going to the playoffs, butthey can finish with a winning record. It was Haughton’s final game of the season. The Bucs finished8-20 overall and 1-11 in district in Norm Picou’s first season as head coach.The eight wins are the most since the Bucs won the same number in the 2011-12season.center_img The Vikings close the regular season Friday at Southwood. According to unofficial power rankings posted on louisianasportsline.com, Airline is No. 30 in Class 5A. A victory over No. 9 Southwood would likely mean a higher seed in the playoffs. He knocked down four of his six 3-pointers in the first quarterand scored 16 of the Bearkats’ 27 points. As usual, the Vikings shared the scoring load. Five playersscored in double figures. TJ Robinson led the team with 13 points. BraydenThompson, Fred Lemons, Quan Randle and Kyle McConathy all had 11. At Parkway, the Panthers avenged a 62-53 loss to Byrd in theteams’ first district game on Jan. 18. Kentrell Parker scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the thirdquarter, helping Haughton get within six. But Airline dominated the fourthquarter and pulled away. Haughton’s Morris finished with 16 points. Benton dropped to 10-21 overall and 5-8 in 1-4A with the loss toWoodlawn. The Tigers close their season at BTW on Friday.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo At Airline, Haughton led 19-18 after a quarter sparked by XanderMorris’s nine points. Airline took control in the second, outscoring the Bucs21-10 for a 39-29 halftime lead. Bryce Roberts, who led the Panthers with 17 points, was 4-of-4from the line. Joey Wiggins scored four of his eight points. The Bossier Bearkats clinched the District 1-4A boys basketballchampionship with a 100-63 rout of Booker T. Washington on Tuesday night atBossier, Senior guard Jacoby Decker led Bossier with 32 points. Not forthe first time this season, Decker got off to a red-hot start. McConathy hit three 3-pointers, all in the first half. Thompson,a forward, led seven Vikings who scored in the fourth quarter with nine points.Robinson scored 11 in the second half. The Vikings handed the Cowboys their only district loss 62-61 in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 22 at Airline.last_img read more

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