New voluntary reporting scheme tackles gender inequality in the workplace
The drive to eliminate workplace gender inequality received a welcome boost this September with the launch of Think, Act, Report, a new voluntary reporting scheme to help gather more information on women in the workplace.
Launched by Home Secretary Theresa May, the scheme encourages employers to publish key information on the number of women board members and to report on progress towards narrowing pay discrepancies between male and female employees. Companies with over 150 employees will be surveyed over the next year, with findings expected in September 2012.
Even 40 years after the introduction of the Equal Pay Act, women working full-time in the public sector still earn on average 10 per cent less than their male counterparts - rising to nearly 20 per cent in the private sector. By adopting a voluntary approach, the government hopes to achieve greater transparency on the true state of the gender gap, paving the way for a more informed debate.
Acas is on hand to provide comprehensive support to employers on gender equality issues. The Acas equality and diversity advisory service provides a network of equality and diversity advisers around the country. We can examine current policies and practices with you, recommend improvements and assist with implementation and equality training.