Mostemployers do not believe they have an equal pay problem, according to CIPDresearch. Its latest membership survey on salaries and rewards shows that 61 per centof respondents do not perceive an equal pay problem, and more than half do not carryout pay auditing. The research shows that only 36 per cent of organisations believe they havean equal pay problem, and only 38 per cent carry out equal pay audits. Few organisations have taken action to rectify differences in male andfemale earnings. Of the respondents that reported their organisations had a payproblem, only 34 per cent say they have taken any action to rectify thesituation, claims the research. Less than a quarter of the respondents use theEqual Opportunity Commission’s Equal Pay Code. Dianah Worman, adviser on equal opportunities at the CIPD, said, “Thissurvey tells us there is a real lack of awareness around equal pay and littleunderstanding of the EOC’s code of practice.” In those rare instances where employers have taken action, union andemployee pressure has been the main driver of change. The threat of legalaction is reported by only 16 per cent of respondents. Worman said, “Frustration over the slow progress in closing the pay gapis now leading to calls for compulsory action. While the CIPD is not in favourof this approach, action on equal pay should be taken for sound businessreasons. “The lack of attention to this issue undermines an organisation’sability to realise the full potential of all its employees, which in turn canonly have a negative impact on communication, culture and performance.” The survey included 1,900 responses from HR practitioners in the public andprivate sectors. Personnel Today has made a stand on the equal pay issue. It agrees with theEqual Pay Task Force that mandatory equal pay audits are essential to reducingthe 18 per cent gender gap. www.cipd.org.ukBy Mike Broad Firms ignoring gender pay gapOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.