Transparency Only Part of the Gender Pay Gap Solution

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Pay transparency has been the gold standard for fighting all kinds of pay inequity. Recent research by PayScale claims that pay transparency does, in fact, solve the gender wage gap. I spoke with an expert about the findings, as well as some of her own research, and she believes pay transparency must be part of a package of solutions designed to fight inequity to be truly effective.

That expert was CHRO Francesca Bossi of training software company Docebo. She does agree with PayScale’s findings, saying, “I really believe that transparency is the key to minimize this gap.” But she also cautions that a critical part of what makes the effort to close the gender pay gap successful is training.

The Issue at Heart

I asked Bossi what her goal was, and she said, “My first priority is to understand if there are any gender gaps in salaries, especially for the tech field. We have been exposed so many times with statements saying that in the tech field, there is a huge minority of women.”

Similar discussions often hinge on how many women are in STEM jobs. Bossi and her organization, however, have an expanded definition of what constitutes women in tech. “For us, that’s not just speaking about software developers or engineers; we are a tech company, so we have a lot of roles that are impacted by that—it might be sales, marketing people, or customer service people. For us, women in tech doesn’t mean just software engineers but every position that we have in the company because everybody needs to be tech-savvy and has an impact across the board for our company.”

In other words, the issue of fewer women in tech roles is larger than it first appears. PayScale puts the number of women working in tech roles at 18%. But that only includes the number of women holding STEM positions. If you were to take an expanded look at all of the supporting roles surrounding those STEM jobs, the issue would be much larger.

At the heart of this issue is a familiar one: bias. The biases among male leaders in particular when it comes to hiring women for these roles have been thoroughly examined for many years. Docebo did additional research and found that those biases have seeped into how women feel about their potential in a tech field. Here are some of the summary findings of its report on this issue: Read more here…

Source: HR Daily Advisor

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