Employers need to 'clarify pay terms for women'

by Gemma Roskell

Employers can play a substantial role in battling the gender pay gap, one industry analyst has said.

A recent survey by the site MySalaryChecker.com found that four-fifths of women polled feel that they are underpaid.

More than a third (38 per cent) of the respondents believe that they underpaid by as much as 25 per cent by their employer.

The disparity may also have a knock-on effect on morale, with some 31 per cent of women suspicious that they get paid less than counterparts performing the same job.

In contrast, less than a quarter (23 per cent) of men said they were paranoid about pay disparities.

Karen Moore, head of the Women's Resource Centre, believes that employers have a critical role in addressing such concerns.

Commenting on the findings, she said: "Until more transparency is introduced into how organisations organise their payscales and enact performance related pay, this gap will continue to persist."

The government has decided not to force employers to disclose pay differences, as envisioned by initial proposals for workplace legislation.

Employers may want to look over workplace contracts in order to see whether they can introduce more transparency into pay terms.

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Published on: January 21, 2011

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