Weekly Boffin no. 16

Obviously at Boffin we eat, sleep and breathe recruitment but we're no philistines. We keep track of popular culture and stuff. Our Top Gun posters may be a little dog-eared but we know what's cool. One person who is currently very cool is Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot. Gal appeared in the news this week as a story emerged that she was paid £300k in her recent outing as the Amazonians' finest. Nothing unusual there until it was suggested that Henry Cavill was paid £14 million for his portrayal of Superman in Man of Steel. It transpired that the story was more than a little misleading. Cavill was paid a portion of the box office receipts as many stars these days are and no doubt Gadot has a similar contractual agreement. As wide-of-the-mark as the story was it reignited the gender pay gap issue. Globally there is pay gap of around 16% which rises to 18% in the UK. It is illegal to pay different wages based on gender so where is the discrepancy coming from. Ann Franke, chief exec. of the Chartered Management Institute said; "It reflects the failure to achieve a balance of men and women in senior management roles or to attract and retain women in some of the better remunerated roles" So it isn't just as simple as women being paid less to do the same job although that is still a huge problem. The majority of carers for young and elderly relatives are women meaning they work part time. This can drastically cut promotion opportunities. 80% of professional care workers in low paid roles are women. Compare this to just 10% of women in higher paid skilled trade jobs. Mums returning to work after having kids are finding that male counterparts are more likely to have been promoted in their absence. Just five of the companies in the FTSE 100 have female chief executives. Obviously this isn't going to change overnight but there are things we can do to improve the situation. On a professional level there are at least three opportunities for our companies to change.

  • Advertise all jobs as flexible, part-time or a job share unless there is a strong business case not to.

  • Support women to progress to higher paid roles through mentoring and training. Use this to tackle unconscious bias.

  • Become a living wage employer. Over 60% of those earning less than a living wage are women.

Speak to people within your organisation and check that these things are happening. If they're not then ask for changes to be made. I'm not suggesting that Wonder Woman will smash the place up if they're not but who wants to take that risk?

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On This Day

On this day in 1940 TV personality and Childline founder Esther Rantzen was born. She's had her ups and downs but that's life.....

What's On

Cheer on the rowers at the annual London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at London Regatta Centre. Celebrate Chinese culture as up to 40 rowing clubs take on the water: enjoy traditional street food and entertainment, including martial arts and Chinese lion dancing. Read more here.

Fact Of The Week

Did you know that in hot weather it is beneficial to wear pyjamas rather than sleeping in the buff. The material prevents skin on skin contact with our own limbs which generates even more heat.