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Newsletter No. 2/2016

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.

Five equal pacE webtool versions successfully implemented

The reduction of the gender pay gap is one of the priority policy areas of the European Commission to promote gender equality. The equal pacE project, provides a new web tool that enables companies to analyse their pay structures regarding potential gender pay gaps and their causes on a voluntary basis. It is available in five languages (English, Finnish, French, Polish and Dutch) and can be accessed via the homepage www.equal-pace.eu free of charge and without registration.

The equal pacE web tool is an interactive software application based on the high quality standards of state-of-the-art academic research. Each webtool version is well documented by rich supplementary material, which make it easy to use. Users are provided with a help file and FAQs as well as a test data set and a template for data input. Moreover, three outcome reports (in pdf format) are available based on test data to show how the results are arranged and how they can be interpreted.

In sum, employers are offered a valuable instrument to check their pay structures in an easy and effective way. The webtool can be used to accompany the implementation process of certain HR measures aiming to reconcile work and family life and, therefore, help to enhance an employers’ attractiveness. In this context, it can also support the implementation of gender diversity approaches and any other concept to recruit or retain top talents – with a special focus on high-qualified women.

Train-the-trainer workshops provided valuable feedback

The introduction of each equal pacE web tool version was supported by five train-the-trainer workshops. The workshops took place in Helsinki, Warsaw, Paris, London and Brussels in 2015. Each workshop was addressed to representatives of the social partners, multipliers and public authorities. The workshop concept was designed to provide participants with strategies and tools in HR management aiming to reduce the gender pay gap. Amongst others, an overview about current gender statistics in each country was given and the benefits of the equal pacE project were highlighted. In detail, a presentation of the equal pacE web tool showed how to run an analysis and how the given results (complied in a pdf-outcome report) can be used as starting points for HR measures to promote women and, thus, to tackle the gender pay gap.

Besides the presentation of the equal pacE project and the introduction of its web tool the workshops also created the opportunity for knowledge transfer among the participants with very fruitful discussions about how multipliers could position themselves towards their stakeholders. Moreover, the idea of offering consultation packages and an employer label were taken into consideration. To ensure a broad rollout and utilization of the equal pacE web tool further activities were discussed, such as additional support from national authorities and the provision of supplementary material (i.e. video tutorials). The “lessons learned” from the workshops and all key results deduced from the project will be gathered and passed on to the European Commission.

New study about the gender pay gap in European countries just published

A new study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research about the gender pay gap in European countries is now available (in German language). The analysis is based on data of the EU-SILC (European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) from 2013 and shows a remarkable result: Countries with high unadjusted gender pay gaps tend to have smaller adjusted pay gaps and vice versa. While the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and Germany are among those countries with the lowest adjusted pay gaps, Lithuania, Ireland, Croatia and Slovenia have the highest adjusted pay gaps.

In this context, the author emphasizes that focusing on the unadjusted pay gap could be misleading and that it is essential to undertake a structural analysis to uncover the drivers of the gender pay gap. However, even if the study argues that the adjusted gender pay gap is more appropriate to represent the principle of equal pay for work of equal value, it is not able to measure wage discrimination. This is based on the reason that calculations are generally based on limited data sets failing to cover all relevant explanatory factors for wage-setting, i.e. individual preferences or negotiation behavior. 

Please find more information and additional data (only available in german language) in: Schmidt (2016): Die Entgeltlücke zwischen Frauen und Männern im internationalen Vergleich – Empirische Befunde auf Basis des EU-SILC, IW Report 16/2016, Köln

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Please note, that this is the final newsletter in the project equal pacE. First of all, we would like to thank the European Commission for their support and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in Germany as our associate partner. Moreover, we would like to thank all project partners for their close cooperation and for the successful completion of this project. Finally, we thank you for your interest in the equal pacE project and in the topic of gender pay equality in general. 

If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact us via info(at)equal-pace.eu or use our feedback form (available 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).