Majority of UK employees believe men and women are paid equally, new study reveals

moneySeven out of ten employees around the world believe that men are paid equally for equal work within their employment.

A survey conducted by Glassdoor, an employment reviews and recruitment website, found that across seven countries 70% of women believe there is equal pay compared to 77% of men.

Across the board, the majority of employees believed that women should be paid the same as men, with an emphasis on government legislation and company policies as a way to achieve this parity. The survey also found that three out of five employees would not work for a company that had a pay gap.

Despite the global perceptions, there is evidence that the gender pay gap does exist. Gender reports such as those published by the World Economic Forum; the findings of the Lord Davies report; and the announcement that firms will be forced to reveal their gap under the UK government’s new legislation, all go some way to proving there is still disparity between men and women’s pay.

The survey looked at the views of more than 8,000 workers across seven countries including the UK, France, Germany, US, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands. It aimed to answer whether employees believed the gender pay gap existed; whether the organisation’s reputation around the pay gap affected job seeker’s applications; and how the gender pay gap could be tackled.

Chief economist for Glassdoor, Andrew Chamberlain said, “While wage disparities do exist, this survey reveals that the majority of employees do not believe their workplace has a gender pay gap.”

“Across the geographies we surveyed, the support for equal wages is there and there is general consensus that the best courses of action to ensure equal pay are new company policies around pay and compensation, government legislation requiring employers to pay people equally, and more transparency into salary at all levels.”

Glassdoor is ‘the fastest growing jobs and recruiting site’, with a database listing company reviews, salary reports, interview questions, office photos and more, provided by the employees themselves.

You can download the full results of the Glassdoor survey here.

Alison Simpson
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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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