In the UK regulations to publish data on the gender pay gap came into force, companies with over 250 employees were required from 2018 to publish figures on their gender pay gap. In 2017 the then UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the gender pay gap a ‘burning injustice’.
The gender pay gap is not about equal pay- the Equal Pay Act 1970, updated in 2018 ensures that it is unlawful employment practice for employers to pay less in wages, benefits, or compensation to members of a protected class for “substantially similar work.
The gender pay gap says something else about a company. It is a measure of the median wage – ie the difference between middle ranking men and middle ranking women. The simplest explanation of a difference is that there are more men earning more and more women earning less. But if people get paid the same for the same job, why would this happen? This is your task to understand. You will be thinking about why it is that there are more high earning men in top positions, there are likely to be more women working part time and there are likely to be ‘gendered roles’ – when you think of a doctor who do you picture? When you think of a nurse who is it? Exactly. Why do all these things happen?
But – what should, could and can companies do about it?
Here are a few articles to get you thinking:
The Guardian 4/4/18 ‘The Guardian view on the gender pay gap: a symptom of deep prejudice’ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/04/the-guardian-view-on-the-gender-pay-gap-a-symptom-of-deep-prejudice
BBC News 20/2/19 ‘Gender pay gap grows at hundreds of big firms’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47252848
Personnel Today 20/2/19 ‘Four in 10 companies have reported a wider gender pay gap’ https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/four-in-10-companies-have-reported-a-wider-gender-pay-gap/
You can explore what companies report by going to the government portal for reporting gender pay gap :
If you are going to do this example then you will probably want to look at two very helpful publications on the government site; on the Search and Compare Gender Pay Gaps page you will see links at the bottom to:
A link to a page with actions to close the gap https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/actions-to-close-the-gap
Your task is to explore the issue of gender pay gaps as an ethical issue for management.
Your assessment into two parts with part 1 being further split into two. Read the requirements below and attempt all three parts:
This part of your assessment should be written as a report, but should be referenced in the normal academic way using Harvard citations and referencing.
Part 2 is NOT related to the case study. This section requires you to discuss what makes an ethical leader and how you would, as an ethical manager, manage your business and/or others to a high ethical standard.
You will need to think about personal ethics, about the conditions that bring about unethical organisations and practices, about organisational values and methods of compliance. This part can be written in a more reflective style, where the first person can be used.
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