The issues behind gender pay gaps are increasingly coming into focus in the hospitality industry, both due to current events and as the count-down accelerates towards new requirements on analysing and reporting due to be introduced in April.
Early examples have highlighted the challenge hospitality firms face. For example data published by Hard Rock Café, which is one of the few that has published its gender pay gap data, showed that its upper quartile (high earners) consisted of 63.3% percent males and 36.7% females.
This is likely to be true of many organisations in the hospitality industry, with males occupying more managerial level roles than females. It is important to note that the gender pay gap is not the same as equal pay, paying males and females the same for doing the same job or job of equal value. It is simply the gap between what males and females are paid on average, across all roles.
Claire Taylor-Evans, senior associate solicitor talked to MCA magazine about the factors involved and why holding off on reporting is a risky strategy.
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