Gender pay gaps and solutions

What can governments and employers do to deliver equal pay – what works?

Authored by: Duncan Brown , Catherine Rickard

The Routledge Companion to Reward Management

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138294264
eBook ISBN: 9781315231709
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In recent years only slow progress has been made in closing the gender pay gap, with the view being expressed by some observers that interventions that have such a large effect as the UK government’s introduction of equal pay legislation in the mid-1970s are more difficult. However, the pay gap has risen in public consciousness, attracting research and policy attention. So, while concluding that there is no ‘magic’ solution, given the complex, deep-rooted and intractable social, cultural and economic phenomena involved, there is an opportunity to engage in multiple actions over sustained periods of time involving all key stakeholders to produce sustainably effective change.

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