Equal pay: Gender Pay gap between employees
Recently I read the article citing that “Adobe has reached Gender Pay parity”. Having nearly 20,000 employees globally, it is indeed more than a modest accomplishment. Implementing an Equal pay is an ongoing process and that’s what Adobe is committed to.
“Gender Pay gap is a myth”!
If so, then look around, evaluate and even a male chauvinist will agree that it is an absurd reality, hanging globally. Prevailing since decades, The World Economic Forum stated recently that the gender gap won’t be closed till 100 more years. And this is the reason, why every corporate need to look at their Gender Pay parity. We all definitely cannot wait for the next 100 years to bridge this gap. Gender-based discrimination is so deeply ingrained in practice that most of the times it is never even noticed. Right from the first pay package to various appraisals, most of the women are paid less than their male counterparts, even with similar roles.
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What are the reasons for the Gender Pay Gap?
It is often considered that women need more time for their family and are more likely to opt for part-time work opportunities. Motherhood often comes as a penalty for working women, with biased attitudes around promotions and equalizing pay packages. Women’s compensation suffers once she plans to return back to work.
I would agree partly, that women do need time for their family, but when at the workplace, a woman is giving an equal effort as that of her male counterpart. Then why is the gap?
Men are the bread-earners and they’ve got a family to feed.
Well, so are the women. If this gap is bridged, the same family will be overjoyed, after all its a family income. Don’t you agree?
Women don’t negotiate well during interviews.
Yes, that’s a sad truth which has turned the tables now. Women are earning more high degrees and even asking for better pay packages. Now, its time for the companies to do their part.
A poll conducted by Ipsos Mori stated that 4 in every 10 women stated “Equal Pay” as one of the major workplace challenges. And I would not negate that since I’ve seen Pay gaps myself.
Driving Equal pay for Equal work:
Awareness is what can drive a positive change! There is actually nothing that we can do as an employee, except being aware and voicing out our opinion to the authorities. If we don’t raise our voice right at the beginning, this gap will only get compounded, basis our previous salaries, when we need to have children and take care of our family.
After 3 years working with an Indian Teleco giant, I discovered the Pay gap which I was introduced to. Little did I knew then what to do and how to cater. Swiftly as I changed my job, I made it certain to get the salary at par with male counterparts on the same position and same role.
It felt better, I must say! Giving in the same quantum of hours, working around the table to fetch the same revenues, I had to be in a better position. India has its own Equal Remuneration Act, 1976, wherein any discrimination wrt unequal pay at the workplace due to gender discriminations can be challenged.
It’s time that companies foster that inclusive culture and pledge to review their Pay Parity policies on an ongoing basis. Companies are hiring women talent, and they ought to be accountable to mentor and provide equal growth opportunities to women workforce. Just speaking on diversity won’t solve the matter!
What are your thoughts on Equal pay for Equal work?