Gender pay gap still stuck at 12 percent

Indian Women Earn 25 Percent Less Than Men Survey

Women were more qualified than men in a range of fields, which should have narrowed the pay gap but hadn't.

As per the Monster Salary Index (MSI) data from a year ago, there is a shocking gender pay gap of 25% in India, with men earning a median gross hourly salary of Rs. 345.8, and women, only Rs. 259.8.

Many notches below the 25 per cent mark was the gender pay gap in the BFSI sector at 21.5 per cent and at 14.7 per cent in Education and Research.

The study found 80 per cent of the gender pay gap is down to bias and perceptions about women in the workplace - and that impacts negatively on women's recruitment and pay advancement.

Women's minister Paula Bennett has come out swinging, blaming bias in the workforce for the gap. "Often women are being recruited but not retained or progressed to senior management".

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Chair Lloyd Kavanagh says: "Our award-winning programmes and initiatives continue to support women, and all our staff, to forge the careers and lives that they want".

The research found over the past decade, women have become more educated and fewer girls than boys leave school without a qualification.

Analysing different sectors, the survey revealed that the average gender pay gap in the "manufacturing sector" stood at 29.9 per cent - an improvement of five percentage points from 2015 and the highest in India.

In her first major speech in the portfolio Ms Bennett has called on employers to hold a gender pay audit. "Look at your recruitment processes, look at whether women are being promoted into positions they deserve, are you shoulder tapping people when they're worthy of promotion?" The report found that "at nearly all educational attainment levels, females now outstrip their male counterparts".

"All organisations need to be vigilant about the multiple biases that influence a gender pay gap, in particular the inequity on leadership roles".

The working group has delivered a set of criteria and principles on how to deal with claims of pay equity in certain sectors.

"This is not about paying a female and male employee with the same skills and experience an equal wage for the same work; it's about looking at the complex factors that have resulted in women, on average, being paid less per hour than men".

Among the recommendations agreed upon by the Government, included one to compare roles between males and females, as part of the assessment to discover whether gender-based pay discrimination was at play.

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