please choose your country
  • equal pacE United Kingdom
  • equal pacE Suomi
  • equal pacE France
  • equal pacE Polska
  • equal pacE Vlaams-België en Nederland

Co-funded by the PROGRESS Programme of the European Union

Questions or comments?

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or messages.

Please note that we can reply only to requests in English!

Phone: +49 (0) 30 27877-133

Questions or comments?

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or messages.

Please note that we can reply only to requests in English!

 Contact form

Newsletter No. 2/2015

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?

equal pacE stands for “a web tool-based equal gender pay analysis for a competitive Europe”. It is a project that aims to provide and promote a software (equal pacE web tool) for companies to voluntarily check for a potential gender pay gap and its causes. In times of demographic change 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 shortages of skilled workers. Access to the equal pacE project is granted via the official website www.equal-pace.eu and is free of charge.

equal pacE – Work in progress

Besides the already published version for the United Kingdom, additional versions of the equal pacE web tool are now available for companies and organisations located in Finland and Poland. An overview of the new web tools’ benefits and country-specific information on gender pay equality are provided on the equal pacE websites http://www.equal-pace.eu/suomi/ and http://www.equal-pace.eu/polska/.

The new websites give instructions in Polish and Finnish language on how to run an analysis with the equal pacE web tool and inform about the features of the outcome report generated after performing an analysis. In addition, a test data set is provided to show you which data are needed and how the data have to be arranged. You can also find a help-File and a FAQ-File in Finnish and Polish language with further explanations and support. In any case, we would very much appreciate to receive your feedback via our feedback form available on both websites.

As you may have noticed, the upcoming equal pacE version for Portugal will be replaced by a version that will be applicable in Flemish-Belgium and the Netherlands. A comparable tool for analysing a companies' gender pay gap is already in place in Portugal. Its features and functionality are similar to that of Logib-D which constitutes the basis of the equal pacE web tool. Please visit http://calculadora.cite.pt for further information. The choice of Dutch as a language will grant companies located both in the Flemish region of Belgium and in the Netherlands free access to the equal pacE web tool and its broad range of benefits. 

Employers in the Walloon region of Belgium are invited to apply the French version of the equal pacE web tool.

Selected feedback from the train-the-trainer workshops

The introduction of each version of the equal pacE web tool is accompanied by a train-the-trainer workshop. The workshops are to inform social partners and multipliers about equal pacE and aim at providing participants with strategies and tools to support their member institutions in attracting and retaining top talent irrespective of gender and thus contribute to a reduction of the gender pay gap. Participants learn how to apply the equal pacE web tool and are made familiar with the features. They get recommendations for possible applications and obtain hints how to interpret the results. The workshops also allow participants to share their knowledge and experiences and to discuss related issues in the field of gender pay equality.

The workshops in Helsinki (Finland) and Warsaw (Poland) were held on 3rd and 7th September, respectively. Amongst others, the audience consisted of members of women’s associations, members from the relevant ministries, researchers and other multipliers. The participants gave a positive feedback and welcomed the initiative. The merits of the equal pacE web tool were broadly acknowledged. The request of additional material in the national language will be put on the agenda of the project consortium. The introduction of a label or certificate as a testimony of the companies’ awareness in the field of gender pay equality was brought forward as a proposal to complement the initiative effectively. In addition, the idea of follow-up meetings was discussed to extend the range of the initiative. The consortium appreciates the valuable comments very much and will include them in its coming talks with the European Commission.

Dates for the next workshops fixed

We are glad to announce the next train-the trainer workshops in France and the United Kingdom.

They will take place on

  • November 9th, 2015 in Paris (Read more…) – Please register here.
  • November 18th, 2015 in London (Read more…) – Please register here.

Latest news…

A recently published study focused on the gender wage gap of recent college graduates in Sweden after entering the labour market. In particular, the...

Read more

Recently, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has published an update of its Gender Equality Index. The results of the report “Gender...

Read more

The labour market of Polish academia has been subject to a recent study of gender gaps. In particular, the gaps in salaries and reservation wages are...

Read more

Please find more news here.


If you are interested in compiled information on the equal pacE project, please find our new flyer here.

Project partners

equal pacE is jointly carried out 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).