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SEATTLE, March 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, PayScale, Inc., the leader in modern compensation data and software, released The State of the Gender Pay Gap in 2019 which provides an in-depth examination into specific drivers of gender pay inequity. The new research shows that each woman experiences the disparity of the gender pay gap in different ways depending upon her race, education, age—and even geography.
This year’s report goes beyond simply comparing compensation for all women against all men and deeply examines pay inequity to highlight the Opportunity Gap; the reality that women with comparable skills, experience and education – are not advancing in their careers at the same velocity as men. The report reveals that only 3 percent of women become executives, compared to 8 percent of men, showing that women face barriers which keep them in lower-level, lower-paid, individual-contributor positions.
“The ongoing conversation about gender pay is really a call to action for employers to provide equal access to the best-paying positions in their organizations,” said PayScale Vice President Lydia Frank. “Our research shows the gender pay gap is multifaceted with many different factors contributing to pay inequity. As a result, every woman experiences the gender pay gap differently depending on her unique abilities and identities. Working toward a deeper understanding of these elements and developing a process for mitigating biases that exist are the best ways for employers to establish equitable earning potential at their organization. That means being proactive, looking at data regularly and being holistic in your approach.”
Here are further detailed findings from The State of the Gender Pay Gap in 2019:
“Some steps, including legislation, have been taken to ensure businesses are paying women fairly and, in many cases, workers themselves are demanding change from their employers. In today’s tight labor market, employers cannot ignore potential wage and opportunity gaps at their organizations and expect to attract and retain the best talent. Most people want to do the right thing, but actively addressing pay equity issues is as much a business imperative as it is a moral one,” Frank adds.
To further the discussion and make actionable progress on pay equity in the workplace, PayScale will host an Equal Power Day event at its headquarters on April 2, 2019. The event will feature roundtable working sessions with local business leaders, HR professionals and influencers designed to move away from a one-size-fits-all, high-level discussion about pay equity, and instead cultivate real tactics that can be implemented within organizations. PayScale will also be launching a Pay Equity Hub on the company website as a resource for employers.
Between January 2017 and February 2019, PayScale studied a sample of nearly 1.8 million people who took PayScale’s online salary survey. This sample provided the data and insights for The State of the Gender Pay Gap in 2019. To view the full report, please visit: https://www.payscale.com/data/gender-pay-gap
PayScale offers modern compensation software and the most precise, real-time, data-driven insights for employees and employers alike. More than 8,000 customers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, use PayScale to power pay decisions for more than 23 million employees. These companies include Encana, Patagonia, The New York Times, Sunsweet, T-Mobile, United Health Group, Wendy's and Perry Ellis. For more information, please visit: https://www.payscale.com/ or follow PayScale on Twitter: https://twitter.com/payscale.
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