equal pacE – web tool versions available in five countries
The equal pacE web tool is now available in five European countries. After publishing the web tool versions for the United Kingdom, Finland and Poland, the tool can now also be applied in France and Flemish-Belgium/Netherlands. Therefore, two new sub-websites in national language – that is in French and Dutch – can be accessed via the project’s website.
Together with information about the requirements of the tool and instructions on how to run an analysis, some additional country-specific information regarding the gender pay gap are available on each sub-website. In addition, a test data set is provided to show which data is needed and how it has to be arranged. Outcome reports based on test data show exemplary results of an analysis and a help and a FAQ file provide interested users with further explanations and support.
Until now, all five versions of the equal pacE web tool have been published and interested companies are invited to use the tool voluntarily and free-of-charge. The tools serve as an offer for employers to check their payment structures and support them in anchoring gender pay equality as an issue in human resource management. The tools are stand-alone and unrelated to any existing regulation or law in the context of gender pay equality in the respective member states.
Moreover, the project equal pacE aims to support employers to position themselves as attractive employers irrespective of gender. In addition, the employer’s usage of equal pacE may contribute to increase the perceived fairness of employees and, therefore, drive their performances. Companies can also demonstrate to potential customers or suppliers that they are aware of gender pay issues and can position themselves as a forward-thinking business partner. Finally, equal pacE may support employers to introduce gender diversity measures.