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Newsletter No. 1/2015

news around gender and pay ...

This newsletter is part of the project “equal pacE”. equal pacE is co-funded by the PROGRESS programme of the European Union. The project consortium is also financially supported by its associate partner the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

What is equal pacE? – Promoting gender pay equality

equal pacE stands for “a web tool-based equal gender pay analysis for a competitive Europe” and is a project that aims to provide and promote a software (equal pacE web tool) for companies . The tool enables the company’s management to detect a potential gender pay gap and its causes by analysing the company’s pay structure on a voluntary basis. In times of demographic changes and an increasing lack of skilled labour in various sectors, companies can also benefit from the equal pacE web tool, e.g. by identifying upcoming shortage of skilled workers.

The equal pacE web tool is already available in English and is specifically adjusted for the requirements of companies in the United Kingdom. Consecutively, the tool will also be made available in four other countries, namely in Poland, Finland, Portugal and France, and also adjusted for the country-specific requirements including corresponding versions of the web tool in national languages. Furthermore, companies in other European countries are invited to examine the suitability of the equal pacE web tool for their purposes.

Access to the equal pacE project is granted via the official website www.equal-pace.eu. The website provides all relevant information about the software, its functionality, capacities and benefits. It also informs about news and dates, delivers up-to-date information, and introduces the project partners. Users of the equal pacE web tool and further persons and organisations interested can easily learn about the issue of equal pay, how a potential gender pay gap can be detected, and how to identify its extent and main drivers on company level.

equal pacE is a modified version of the well-established web tool Logib-D whose name is a German acronym for “pay equality in companies – Germany”. Logib-D has been available for companies in Germany since 2009. Its development and promotion have been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

Project partners

equal pacE is jointly performed by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln), PMSG PersonalMarkt Services and Roland Berger. equal pacE is co-funded by the PROGRESS programme of the European Union. The consortium is also financially supported by its associate partner the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). 

The equal pacE web tool – finding the drivers of the gender pay gap at the firm level

The equal pacE web tool is an interactive software application for companies to identify the main drivers of an intra-firm gender pay gap. It is based on high quality standards of state-of-the-art academic research.

The results of the analyses done with the equal pacE web tool are presented in a clearly structured and easily understandable outcome report (PDF file). The calculations of the unadjusted and adjusted gender pay gap performed by the equal pacE web tool take into account  the most significant drivers, such as education, tenure, (potential) employment experience, job complexity and management level. Users obtain information on the proportion of the gender pay gap that can be attributed to each of these characteristics. This information as well as the unadjusted and the adjusted gender pay gap are presented in an easily interpretable chart (see figure 1). In addition, the users receive comprehensive gender-related data on the link between earnings and workers' characteristics.

Figure: Comparing the unadjusted and adjusted gender pay gap – on company level

The unadjusted gender pay gap equals the difference in average salaries of women and men as a share of the average salaries of men (in percent).
Source: Illustration taken from the equal pacE outcome report, results based on test data

Hence, the equal pacE web tool enables companies to find out what drives the extent of a potentially existing gender pay gap at the firm level. Therefore, it helps human resource management to identify starting points to tackle a gender pay gap and to support efforts to foster gender diversity. Access to the equal pace web tool is free of charge. The web tool version for the United Kingdom is now available at www.equal-pace.eu/united-kingdom/the-equal-pace-web-tool.

Learn more about equal pacE in a workshop

The equal pacE partner Roland Berger Strategy Consultants will organise one workshop in each of the following countries: United Kingdom (to be announced shortly), Poland, Finland, Portugal and France. The workshops are addressed to representatives of social partner organisations, public authorities and other relevant multipliers to learn about equal pacE and especially the equal pacE web tool as well as to inform about strategies to support their member institutions in attracting and retaining top talent irrespective of gender. Hence, the objectives of the workshops are:

  • To introduce how equal pacE can contribute to a reduction of the gender pay gap
  • To understand the status quo of the gender pay gap and its main drivers
  • To learn how companies can detect a potential gender pay gap and what they can do to reduce it
  • To understand how participants can systematically promote activities regarding the reduction of the gender pay gap and position themselves successfully
  • To exchange knowledge on how the issue is tackled in other countries and broaden your network by discussing innovative strategies with peers

Please pay attention to the news at our website when the workshop is to be held in your country – information is coming soon. Once the date and the location of the workshop in the United Kingdom is fixed, a registration form will be activated on the equal pacE website.

Recent news…

A new study about the gender pay gap in Germany was published in March 2015. The study of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research – released in German language – analysed the (key) drivers of the gender pay gap. Based on data of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) the results shed further light on the well-known drivers of gender pay inequality in Germany (such as gender differences in education, labour market experience in full-time jobs, skill requirements, occupational autonomy etc.) and, therefore, indicate starting points for reform options.