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1,500 companies miss gender pay deadline

1,500 companies miss gender pay deadline

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMore than 1,500 companies have broken the law by failing to report their gender pay gap figures before Wednesday night's deadline.The Equalities and Human Rights Commission said 1,557 firms had missed the deadline.It will contact these companies to remind them of their legal obligations.Those that fail to comply will face an investigation by the equalities watchdog, followed by legal action and an unlimited fine.All companies, charities and public sector bodies with more than 250 employees were required to submit their gender pay figures before Wednesday's deadline.The EHRC will check whether those firms that failed to report fall into this category.One organisation that missed the deadline was the Unite union, which belatedly published its figur...
Goldman Sachs reveals gender pay gap

Goldman Sachs reveals gender pay gap

Business
Goldman Sachs has reported a median UK gender pay gap at its international business of 36.4% for hourly pay and a median bonus gap of 67.7%.Its mean average pay gap for hourly pay was 55.5%, and 72.2% for bonuses.The bank said this reflected an imbalance between men and women in senior roles, adding it was "committed to promoting diversity and inclusion".All companies with more than 250 staff must report their gender pay gap to the government by 4 April.The median figure refers to the midpoint of all workers' salaries from lowest to highest paid.The mean describes the total wage bill divided by the number of employees, which means it can be skewed by a small number of very highly paid workers.The April deadline for large firms to report their gender pay gaps was set last year by Prime Mini...
Music festivals pledge 50/50 gender equality

Music festivals pledge 50/50 gender equality

Entertainment
The days of male-dominated music festivals could be drawing to a close, after 45 events pledged to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022.Brighton's Great Escape, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Liverpool Sound City and the BBC Proms are among those who have signed up to the initiative.It is supported by Garbage star Shirley Manson, who recently called the music industry's lack of equality "insane".Last year, 80% of festival headliners were male, a BBC study discovered.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe commitment to gender equality was drawn up by Keychange and the PRS Foundation, with the aim of creating a "better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations"."Last year, on average, women made up 26% of the festival line-ups in the UK, so we're talking abo...
Gender pay gaps at 500 UK firms revealed

Gender pay gaps at 500 UK firms revealed

Business
The extent of the pay gap between male and female employees at some of the country's biggest firms has been revealed.Government figures show that men are paid nearly 65% more per hour at high street fashion store Phase Eight and nearly 52% more at EasyJet.Organisations with 250 or more workers must publish their figures by April, and so far 527 firms have done so.Nearly half of the organisations pay men at least one tenth more per hour and 426 of them pay men more, on average, per hour.Thousands more firms, public sector bodies and other organisations are expected to reveal their gender pay gaps in the next few months.EasyJet, which has been reporting on its pay gap since 2015, says the reason for the difference in hourly rate is because its best paid staff tend to be male pilots, while lo...
Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Technology
Google has cancelled a company-wide "town hall" meeting due to fears of employee harassment.The meeting was planned to allow Google staff to discuss an internal memo regarding gender roles at the company.James Damore, an engineer at Google, was fired on Monday after his 3,000-word essay, which argued that biological differences were responsible for gender disparity, provoked heated discussion.Confirming his dismissal at the time, Mr Damore said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" - causing a number of internet trolls to attach themselves to his sacking.These trolls have now led to a Google meeting regarding the memo being cancelled, as staff fear they will be targeted for taking part."We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us ...