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Newsletter No. 3/2015

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 – 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.

Train-the-trainer workshops completed – some feedback

Most recently, train-the-trainer-workshops were held in Paris (France, 9th November), London (United Kingdom, 18th November) and Brussels (Flemish-Belgium/Netherlands, 1st December). Each train-the-trainer workshop was designed to accompany the implementation of one web tool in each of the equal pacE countries. The workshops aimed not only at promoting the related web tool version but also to support organisations and multipliers in positioning themselves towards their stakeholders. The workshops also provided arguments why efforts to tackle the causes of gender pay differences could also be in the companies’ best interest. In addition, the workshops facilitated an exchange of assessments on how the issue of gender pay equality can be positioned on the business agenda.

The audience of the three events consisted of representatives from various organisations, such as companies, diversity networks, governmental bodies, unions or universities. Altogether, numerous comments proposed how the knowledge of equal pacE can be passed on. Dependent on the available resources, the idea of offering a consultation package and an employer label was also supported. Some participants stated that equal pacE seems to be a “good start” to raise awareness for the topic of gender pay equality and that it would be very important to have quantitative data at hand. The consortium appreciates the valuable comments and suggestions very much and will make the condensed feedback available to the European Commission.

Please do not hesitate to let us know your comments and suggestions via our feedback form available here.

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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).