65% believe pay transparency can help close the gender pay gap

Almost two thirds (65%) of respondents believe that employers who are transparent about salaries can help to eliminate the gender pay gap, according to research by Glassdoor.

Its survey of 2,000 full and part-time employees also found that 38% of male respondents believe the gender pay gap will not close until parents share the role of raising children more equally.

The research also found:

  • 44% of respondents think that workplace discrimination is the main cause of the gender pay gap.
  • 58% of respondents feel the government should force employers to reveal their employees‚Äô salaries to help close the gender pay gap.
  • 41% of respondents believe they will need to get a new job in order to get a pay rise.
  • 35% of female respondents wish they had negotiated their¬†salary¬†more when they started their job, compared to 31% of male respondents.
  • 49% of respondents would like to have¬†a better understanding of what is considered fair pay for their job role.
  • 27% of respondents do not feel that they have a good understanding of how people are paid at their organisation.
  • 51% of female respondents would be more attracted to work at an organisation if it had a strong diversity programme, compared to¬†37% of male respondents.
  • 44% of female respondents would be more attracted to work at a particular organisation if the senior leadership team was at least 30% female, compared to 23% of male respondents.

Andrew Chamberlain (pictured), chief economist at Glassdoor, said: “The gender pay gap is set to be a major issue in the UK this year, not least because employers are grappling with the challenge of how to analyse their own data and there is a relatively low level of understanding amongst the workforce about what causes the gap. 

‚ÄúBoth male and female employees want more transparency around pay, and [organisations]¬†that offer this will have the advantage when it comes to recruiting. Simple gender pay gap reporting doesn‚Äôt give any real¬†insight unless people know what the causes of the gap are or if men and women are paid equally for equal work. We know that men and women can be paid differently for doing the same job, both in the UK and other countries too.‚ÄĚ