Free tests to reduce gender pay gap - March 01, 2016

The gender pay gap is a costly affair. A pay gap of 19,70 % in the UK for instance, substantially reduces the income of a woman over a period of 30 years.To assist women, men and their employers, two tests have been created, i.e. one for employees, one for employers. Theseserve as quickscans and give insight as to how to reduce the gender pay gap. Check. WageIndicator created these tests for more than 40 countries already.

The choice of industry and occupation causes the largest part of the gender pay gap. Next, it is advisable to keep one's earning capacity up to date and in good shape, by making use of extra training options. Also, continuing on the job increases one’s earning capacity. Quitting the job when children are planned makes it very difficult to get back into a well-paid job some years later. In practice, women with children usually not only work less, but take fewer options for extra training and therefore have a smaller chance for a good career. The increasing gap therefore results from a combination of choices. The employee’s test highlights these career choices. The test for employers includes more legal aspects. As an employer one would want to avoid being accused of gender discrimination. But how to ensure equal pay for equal work? How to be in line with ILO and EU regulations? How to avoid sexual harassment at work? How to avoid being scorned as a sexist when one of their employees is pregnant? Thus the gender test put online by and in 40 more countries helps employers to avoid costly mistakes and stay out of embarrassing situations. 


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