Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy & Standards at the Institute was first interviewed by Eleanor Oldroyd on R5 Live (LISTEN HERE) and then joined BBC presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt on BBC Breakfast to mark this year’s Equal Pay day, November 10th. This is the day that, using gender pay gap calculations, women stop earning compared to men.  

Kate emphasised that the gender pay gap is not the problem of individual women, it is very difficult for one person to claim and evidence structural inequalities. It is in the interest of the whole organisation to eliminate the gender pay gap, signalling their commitment to inclusivity and, in so doing, accessing a wider talent pool. 

Watch Kate's appearance on BBC Breakfast


Key Facts

  • Since April 2018  organisations with over 250 employees have to calculate and publish their gender pay gap
  • The gender pay gap is the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women.
  • It is the responsibility of The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to ensure employers publish their pay gap figures
  • There are currently no sanctions for not publishing the data but the EHRC is considering fines and convictions for non-compliance  

The Institute of Leadership & Management’s Recommendations for Fostering Inclusive Cultures

  • Critically evaluate recruitment, promotion and appraisal policies for their approach to inclusion, pay particular attention to language
  • Build awareness of diversity and inclusivity, start at induction
  • Develop a coaching culture, invest in coaching and mentoring 
  • Showcase the success of diversity and inclusivity initiatives
  • Encourage and support challenge, and allow no room for complacency