Did you know that approximately less than 24% of women hold a senior role across the world in 2018?
I’m sure this isn’t news to you… since The Equal Pay Act 1970, we all know it’s illegal to pay women less than men for equal work; “an act to prevent discrimination, as regards terms and conditions of employment, between men and women”.
Clearly, the question isn’t about women being paid less than men. Instead, the question we ask is how many men hold higher paid positions in comparison to women?
Ladies, it’s now 2018, so the gender pay gap should have been put to bed a long time ago. Since April 2018, organisations with 250 employees or more are now required to publish their gender pay gap data each year.
About time, many will say. Yet what is interesting, women and men are still not earning equal pay for equal work.
In fact, the gap is caused by a lack of senior women in organisations. While women make up the majority of the workplace, it is evident that women encounter a number of barriers to advance to management or senior positions.
With the gender pay gap making regular appearances in the headlines, it’s important for women to understand how to overcome the challenges in order to move up the career ladder at the same rate as men do.
While many companies focus on closing the gender gap, the question you may ask is “how can I get involved?”
The following tips arm you as professional women with the necessary knowledge and valuable insight that you need to ensure you are one-step ahead of these challenges.
More than often, employers have and still view degrees earned by women and men differently. That being said, women are now fighting back against these challenges by educating themselves beyond degree level. Women are coming together to utilise Professional Development Courses to make valuable connections and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to climb the career ladder.
When it comes to taking care of the family, more often than not, women are the ones who will pass up an opportunity, take a step down from the career ladder or will face life-changing decisions.
It’s time that women take a stand by making sure that they are not compromising what they really want. Saying “yes” to something doesn’t mean you have to say “no” to other things.
In an outnumbered business environment women often find additional pressures to prove themselves in the workplace. To decrease gender segregation and thus increase the chance of women obtaining a high paid job, us as women need to work together to train ourselves and other women by utilising Women in Business programmes to break down these imaginary barriers.
It is overwhelming to think that women in business are discriminated against areas of pay, job role, promotions and hiring practices. However, with the help of The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, who are continuously looking to develop and further research and resources for women who are being discriminated against.
Even though the numbers are currently showing a significant difference in the ratio of women and men in senior roles, it’s about time us women change this. Women in Business programmes, are aspiring women to reach their full potential by defining clear career goals, providing necessary experience, offering valuable knowledge and education.
A promising start to the future, we as professional women are constantly looking for new ways to develop and educate ourselves to provide us with the essential knowledge and skills to become the future of business. More women will now be a part of corporate decisions, driving new views and providing a fresh perspective on an organisations success.