It’s ‘Moral Time’ to Close the Gender Pay Gap

It’s ‘Moral Time’ to Close the Gender Pay Gap

by Sangeeta Haindl
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 8:00am



The issue of pay and gender equality is high on the international news agenda. Actress Robin Wright recently demanded to be paid the same as co-star Kevin Spacey for her work on Netflix’ hit series, ‘House of Cards’. Wright joins a growing group of women in Hollywood who are becoming more vocal on the issue of equal pay. Last year, Jennifer Lawrence drew widespread attention for speaking up about making less than her male costars on the film, American Hustle; since then she’s been a forceful advocate for pay equity.

In Britain, positive strides are being made as reporting on gender pay gaps is to become compulsory this October for private sector and voluntary organisations employing 250 or more under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. The rules will also to be rolled out to the public sector at some point. The U.K. government issued a consultation in 2015, on ‘Closing the gender pay gap’; this February a second consultation was issued, ‘Mandatory gender pay gap reporting. These actions have now made many organisations put equality in gender pay high on their human resource agenda. A recent U.K. survey by Paydata reveals that 67 percent of respondents had prioritised equal pay audits for the coming 12 months; a significant shift, when compared with earlier editions of this survey.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on women and children; social innovation; social enterprise and social entrepreneurs. She has a particular interest in India. She is the founder of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She is was until recently chairman of London's leading conscious well-being organisation, Alternatives, which hosts leading speakers such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch and many other well-known names. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer; enjoying helping others, paying it forward and being a mum.