Following on from our recent article, new research by BMG Research for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found that 61% of women would take a potential employers gender pay gap into consideration when determining whether to apply to them for a new job.
Employers Gender Pay Gap A Factor When Searching For A New Job
In a poll of 2515 employees whose employers are required to report the size of their gender pay gap, as well as the finding that 61% of women take a potential employers gender pay gap into account when searching for a new job, the new research by BMG Research for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also found that:-
- 58% of women are less likely to recommend their current employer to somebody else where a gender pay gap exists
- 60% of women stated that it made them feel less proud to work for an employer where a gender pay gap existed in that organisation
- 56% of women stated that they found it demotivating where a gender pay gap existed at their employer, whilst 50% said it would reduce their commitment to their employer, and 46% said that they would be less likely to stay with their employer
The polling data relating to the new research can by found here.
Reaction To The Research
Emphasising that potential employers gender pay gap may put off women from joining them, the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, stated that: “The message to all employers from your existing and prospective female staff is very clear from these results. They want action, and if they don’t see change there is a very real risk that they won’t join you or, most importantly, stay with you. It will also affect their commitment to you. It’s crucial that all employers think seriously about this issue and demonstrate to their workforce that they are committed to closing the gender pay gap. A working environment which allows everyone to achieve their full potential is vital. If you don’t deliver on this you will fail to access a huge talent pool and will put your business at real competitive disadvantage.“