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Latest CMI research shows low awareness of gender pay gap

Latest CMI research shows low awareness of gender pay gap

Chartered Management Institute

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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI), in a survey conducted between 6 November and 4 December 2018 of 940 UK based middle and senior management found that despite the gender pay gap (GPG) reporting requirements entering its second year, over two fifths (41%) of managers in large business were unaware whether their organisation published their GPG.


The key findings related to public sector middle and senior managers are as follows:

  • managers in the public sector were more likely to report that no action plan was required as there was no GPG (31% in the public sector, compared to 17% in the private sector);
  • overall awareness of the GPG among all managers (regardless of employer size) was low. Only 37% of managers were aware of that their organisation published their GPG, and knew what their organisation’s GPG was; and
  • overall 45% of all managers across all business sizes (who were aware that their organisation published the GPG and the level) stated that their organisation had developed an action plan to tackle the GPG. 44% of managers in large public sector organisations were aware of publication and level, compared to 46% in large private/not for profit organisations.

Ann Francke, CEO of CMI, said:

“Despite all the talk, there’s still too little action in the workplace to close the Gender Pay Gap. It’s disappointing that so little is being done to address it - even with the reporting requirements. It's time for transparency with teeth, including mandatory action plans and progress reports, in line with the UK Governance code, as well as consequences for those organisations that don't comply.”

The survey also showed that only 32% of managers in large organisations reported that their organisation had developed an action plan to tackle the GPG, with 12% stating that no action plan had been developed, 19% saying that no action plan had been developed as there was no GPG to tackle and 37% stating that they did not know.

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