COVID-19 has put a stop to many things this year but one thing that is still very much on the calendar is International Women’s Day a day to celebrate the many achievements of women all over the world, as well as highlight the inequalities women continue to face day to day in the workplace and society.
During the past few years, we’ve seen progress across the globe to help advance females in various different areas but there is still more to be done. The gender pay gap is the average difference between hourly wages for men and women, in 2020 the gap among all employees was 15.5%. More than three out of four UK companies pay their male staff more than their female staff, and in 9 out of 17 sectors in the economy, men earn 10% or more on average than women.
It is reported that it will take 202 years to close the pay gap and 51% of women in the UK state equal pay as the most significant issue in the workplace.
The official theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Choose to Challenge“, a campaign to challenge gender bias, celebrate women’s achievements and make a positive difference. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the inequality that girls and women face every day. The Fawcett Society found women were more likely than men to lose work or be burdened with childcare as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and despite women accounting for 71% of the UK’s front line workers, women’s wages remain 11% lower than mens.
For International Women’s Day, this year help your organisation #ChooseToChallenge at work
Employers and businesses must build an environment that values women’s contributions and where women can speak up and be recognised. There is a new sense of urgency to address the challenges women face. Now more than ever, it is important to ensure employees have the support they need in the workplace, whether that’s in ensuring flexible working, closing the gender pay gap, or supporting your team’s wellbeing.
Be you at Bupa
One of Each Person’s clients leading health provider Bupa prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive employer that remains committed to doing more to close the Gender Pay Gap.
“At Bupa, we’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone is welcome. Our ‘Be you at Bupa’ scheme approaches and underpins this, empowering all our people to feel confident to bring their whole selves to work.”
“Here at Bupa, we want to be an organisation where all colleagues thrive, regardless of gender, and are supported to progress their careers.”
Bupa Global & UK
Increasing representation across the business at every level remains one of Bupa’s top priorities, and they continue to look for new ways to ensure their culture creates a sense of belonging for all their people.
Globally Bupa has run mentoring schemes to support women in their leadership positions and has networks where people can connect and share with one another.
Bupa is continuing to eliminate its gender pay gap and their latest report uncovers their current gender balance and what they’re doing to increase the number of women in senior roles, this includes setting targets, supporting women in middle management roles to reach senior leader positions and fair recruitment practices that support Bupas ambitions.
To find out more about ‘Be you at Bupa’
Here at Each Person we offer ways to reward and recognise your people and make employees feel more valued and appreciated at work. We help businesses provide perks at work for their employees by showing them appreciation.
The Each Person platform offers a range of rewards that cater to everyone, employees have the opportunity to choose from rewards that they value using Epoints, alternatively, we offer employee vouchers that people can use across a range of online retailers.