Category: GENDER DIVERSITY

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Whitbread’s Alison Brittain named Veuve Clicquot business-woman of year

Chief executive of Costa Coffee owner says it is important for businesses to set diversity targets The chief executive of Whitbread, Alison Brittain, has said it is important for businesses to set diversity targets, as she scooped the Veuve Clicquot businesswoman of the year award. “I’m not a great fan of quotas but I am a great fan of targets and there’s a subtle difference,” said Brittain, who is one of just seven female FTSE 100 chief executives. “For everything we do running a business we set goals and targets … if you don’t measure it there’s a sense that...

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Business in the Community response to Ethnicity Pay Gap research

On March 6, 2017 the Fawcett Society has published research on ethnicity pay gaps. The following is a statement in response from Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community: Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community said: “I welcome the Fawcett Society research into ethnicity pay gaps.  This paper sets out the complex picture of gender, ethnicity and pay and the trends over the last 20 years.  It also reinforces that a one-size-fits-all approach to tackling inequality in the labour market will not work. Employers need to bear this in mind as they seek...

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Fawcett Society Briefing: Gender Pay Gap by Ethnicity in Britain

Many minority ethnic women ‘left behind’ by pay gap progress Pakistani & Bangladeshi women see biggest overall gender pay gap at 26% Black African women experience largest full-time gender pay gap at 19.6% Today (March 6, 2017) the Fawcett Society publish a new analysis of the gender pay gap by ethnicity, charting progress over more than 25 years. The analysis reveals real inequalities, with some minority ethnic groups making great strides while pay for others lags far behind. Fawcett has also calculated the gap within ethnic groups as well as the gap between minority ethnic women and White British men...

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The women-led startups smashing the glass ceiling

“What’s the appeal of entrepreneurship? Personally, it’s freedom. I don’t have to be at work at 9am or take lunch at 1pm. I can opt out of the things I don’t like,” says Natalie Campbell, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of consultancy A Very Good Company. Campbell started her first venture, a franchise of fashion chain Morgan de Toi, while at university. Now, alongside her consultancy, she is a director and board member of a number of other companies. Enjoying serial success in her early 30s, Campbell is among a successful cohort of women serial entrepreneurs – 38% of serial entrepreneurs...

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Equal pay is still far-off for Britain, where the gender gap narrows at a glacial pace

New disclosure rules and more free childcare are to be welcomed, but the government must do more to ensure women earn the same as me… Here we go again. The Equal Pay Act was introduced 46 years ago and yet from Thursday this week the UK’s female workforce will effectively be working for free until 31 December, due to the scale of the gender pay gap. This year’s “equal pay day”, which highlights the difference between men’s and women’s salaries, is only one day later than it was last year. This reflects the glacial pace of change in reducing the...

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The problem with maternity discrimination and the mumpreneur

If employment conditions were more just, fewer mothers would have to go it alone.. During my maternity leave I had a conversation with a guy at a party, where he regretfully told me that as long as men couldn’t give birth, equality would never be a reality. Perhaps women just aren’t meant to work, he concluded. Maybe not! I replied brightly, later deciding not to tell him he was trailing toilet paper from his shoe. I felt really lucky a couple of months later, to return to a job that I care about where they agreed to let me work...

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Maternity leave sackings cost £280m a year, says equality watchdog

Report makes financial case to retain female staff as data shows one in 10 who return to work are quickly forced out at huge extra cost to businesses.. British businesses are losing hundreds of millions of pounds every year as a result of women being forced out of jobs after having a baby, a damning report from the equalities watchdog has revealed. The costs of hiring and training new staff, redundancy payouts and lost productivity after women were pushed out of jobs amounted to £280m a year, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. About 11% of women are...

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THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY

I started Curzon PR, a public relations and strategic communications agency six years ago in 2009. My entry into public relations seemed to coincide with a time when the industry, that had for so long prided itself on the modern, progressive and cosmopolitan image it had cultivated, seemingly woke up to the fact that it had an incredibly poor record with regards to diversity. The most recent figures indicate that just eight percent of PR practitioners are from an ethnic minority background, and while the industry generally has a good record with gender diversity, it still remains overwhelmingly male dominated...

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ALL-WOMEN SHORTLISTS ARE SEEN AS TERRIFYING. BUT SO IS THE STATUS QUO

It’ll be 2055 before we get gender equality in the House of Commons. Politics already has an invisible quota system – one that shuts down diversity Sometimes it’s not a matter of sitting patiently, it’s a matter of working out how long you have got. You begin to realise that what you thought would happen “naturally” has not happened at all. I would have predicted by 2015 that about half of the people in important jobs – in public life, in parliament, in business, on the telly – would be vaguely female. It’s a meritocracy, right? Girls are doing better...

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SUMPTION ENCAPSULATES THE LAW’S SEXISM: ONLY QUOTAS CAN CHALLENGE MALE PRIVILEGE

If the supreme court judge thinks women are opting to shun senior judicial posts, he doesn’t understand power Institutional sexism in the legal profession is under scrutiny again following remarks about gender equality in the judiciary by one of the country’s most senior judges. Jonathan Sumption’s views exemplify perfectly what is wrong with the way women in the legal profession are viewed by those in the highest echelons of power. Not only did the supreme court judge forecast in an interview that it would take 50 years to achieve gender equality in the judiciary, he cautioned against doing anything that...