80% of female workers believe that gender discrimination in the workplace exists
This year’s headline results reveal that perceptions have not evolved substantially since Investors in People’s last report into workplace gender discrimination in 2016.
There has only been a 3% reduction in the proportion of women seeing the presence of workplace inequality and a 4% drop for the perception across all workers.
In two years this is a relatively nominal fall, suggesting that there is still far more to be done to achieve workplace parity.
“With the pay gap rising for the first time since reporting began and with 88% of young workers believing gender discrimination exists, we not only need to think in terms of equity for the current generation, but have a responsibility to secure a fairer future through changing policy and perception.”
Lesley Uren Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry, Hay Group
51% of employees feel their organisation has a culture of encouraging gender equality
According to the ONS, women working full time earn 9% less than men who work full time.
As ever, it is my belief that if we fail to make the most of the inherent potential of our workforce, we are undermining our own national prosperity, as well as the working lives of those employees who feel a lack of true gender parity in the workplace.
I am proud to say that two thirds of IIP’s senior leadership team are women. Our success as an organisation is down to the fact that we embrace the skill and talent of every team member, no matter their background, gender or race.
Gender parity encompasses everything from equality in maternity/paternity leave, to progression opportunities and skills development. Equality across all of these indicators is vital to staving off workplace discrimination.
On behalf of Investors in People and International Women’s Day, I pledge to be a champion of gender parity within my organisation, across the IIP Community and in the wider world.
Paul Devoy, Investors in People CEO