It’s still a man’s world when it comes to pay

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Equalpay or, more specifically, the lack of it, is an issue that continues togenerate headlines – and not just in the HR press.Whilethe glass ceiling appears to be cracking for women as they gain a bigger shareof well-paid managerial jobs (see page 1), the HRprofession is lagging behind.Thebittersweet irony for HR people, at all levels, is that they should be seen asthe drivers of equality within an organisation. But now, far from casting theirgaze across the organisation, HR needs to look a little bit closer to home. Itmust be hard to take for female managers out there, who are working hard toensure equal opportunities and pay for staff throughout their organisations,when they are experiencing this disparity first hand.Researchby the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows less than a thirdof organisations undertook an equal pay audit last year, and other surveys showthat female HR directors in the private sector earn up to a third less than men.Predictably,the unions are arguing for compulsory audits as pay discrimination – eventhough the situation appears to be improving – is still commonplace. Theemployers’ stance, as trumpeted by the CBI, is one of opposition to mandatoryaudits because of the extra burden it will create.Commonsense, backed up by a raft of recent research, points to the fact thatpotential employees are influenced in their choice of employer by its record onequal pay. By the same token, it will influence whether an individual stayswithin that same organisation.Perhapsthe simplistic answer is that there are so many equal opportunities issues foremployers to deal with that pay and reward often gets swept under the carpet.But this is not an excuse – HR should be setting a good example.Unlessthis situation improves, the HR profession may soon be experiencing the braindrain from its own ranks, it strives so hard to prevent elsewhere. It’s still a man’s world when it comes to payOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more