Only a fifth of employers have carried out equal pay audits in the past fiveyears, according to research published today. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) poll of 500 HRprofessionals finds that most pay audits have been completed in the past twoyears. It shows that seven out of 10 completed pay assessments revealed nosignificant difference between average male and female earnings. The survey also reveals a gender pay gap is most likely at middle and seniormanagement levels rather than for lower grades. And if women do earn more than men, it is likely to be at non-managementlevels. Charles Cotton, reward and employment conditions adviser at the CIPD, issurprised more organisations have not undertaken equal pay audits. “With all the publicity I would have thought that more companies wouldhave done so, especially in the public sector as the Government is set to makeequal pay audits a requirement. “But the trend is that more and more firms are doing so and I hope thiscontinues.” The Reward Management Survey 2003 also finds that two-thirds oforganisations have adopted a strategic approach to reward. Seven in 10 private sector companies have a reward strategy, compared to 46per cent in the public sector. Three-quarters of companies believe they have aneffective reward strategy. And voluntary sector organisations are more likely to have completed a payaudit than those in the private or public sector. www.cipd.co.uk Equal pay audits a low priority for UK businessOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.