Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Is HR up to the task of closing sex pay gap?On 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today The publication of the Kingsmill review of women’s pay and employment lastweek showed that the Government seems to be following through with its promised”light touch” on employment law – for the time being at least (News,page 1). Ministers have ignored the review’s proposals to make public sectororganisations carry out mandatory equal pay reviews. But employers resistant to carrying out reviews are not out of the woodsyet. Denise Kingsmill’s review proposes that companies should be carrying outpay reviews as soon as 2003 to meet new requirements on company reporting. Andboth Kingsmill and the CIPD have warned that the Government still has theoption of the legislative route if employers fail to put systems in place. Personnel Today backed mandatory equal pay audits in March this year whenthe idea was first mooted, breaking ranks with the CIPD and employers’ groups.Although the Kingsmill review stops short of proposing this measure, it statesthat if there is an unacceptable number of organisations not putting systems inplace “over the next few years” then the Government should legislate.In other words, the mandatory approach is being used as a stick to getemployers to fall into line. Nothing more graphically illustrates the scale of the problem than thesalary survey by Remuneration Economics which shows that the pay of women HRchiefs lags behind that of male ones by 25 per cent. It would be na‹ve to thinkpay reviews alone can close the gap in gender pay but they are a key part ofthe solution. It is going to be down to HR to make sure systems are put inplace to make gender pay differences transparent. A good place to start wouldbe for HR to get its own house in order. By Noel O’Reilly
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