BMG Research’s poll for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) shows that women will take an organisation’s gender pay gap into consideration when choosing and recommending an employer.
The poll explored how the gender pay gap may affect people’s motivations and behaviours towards their employment, as well as their views on the actions employers and individuals may take to tackle gaps.
Nearly two-thirds (61%) of women agreed that if their organisation had a gender pay gap it would make it more likely they would select an employer without a gap, and more than half (58%) agreed it would make them less likely to recommend their employer as a place to work.
Impact on motivations and behaviour
If your organisation had a gender pay gap to what extent would you agree or disagree it would…
Comprised of employees from organisations who would have been required to publish their gender pay gap, the poll also found that almost half had not read or heard any information about their organisation’s own gap and a quarter of employees think their employer should be doing more to tackle it.
Nearly three-quarters of the respondents were willing to take action to help their employers tackle the gender pay gap, with 50% being willing to take part in discussions about this.
The poll also found that awareness of the gender pay gap was higher than awareness of other types of pay gap including ethnicity and disability. Only 9% of respondents had not heard of the gender pay gap at all, compared with 42% who had not heard of the ethnicity pay gap, and 40% who had not heard of the disability pay gap.
Awareness and understanding of pay gaps
Which of the following statements best describes your understanding of the term ‘gender pay gap’? / Prior to taking part in this survey, which of the following statements best describes your understanding of the term ‘ethnicity pay gap’? / Prior to taking part in this survey, which of the following statements best describes your understanding of the term ‘disability pay gap’?
Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.
For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.
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Elizabeth Davies, Research Director – Education, Skills, and Employment