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Gender pay gap

Flexible working for all lies at the heart of addressing the gender pay gap.

House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee


What has flexible working got to do with the gender pay gap?

The clash between the traditional 9-5 and the needs of working parents is at the heart of the gender pay gap. Due to a lack of flexible options, large numbers of mothers step back from their careers, or drop out entirely. And those who do make it back after a break often struggle to catch up.

Why is this an issue for employers?

A wide gender pay gap damages your employer brand, and may discourage talented candidates from choosing you. But it’s not just about data. It’s increasingly clear that having a workforce that mirrors the outside world is better for business. Closing the gap isn’t a quick fix, but it’s an important one.

So what should you do?

Design flexible roles at all levels, and be open about it when you’re hiring and promoting. Encourage flexible senior women to act as role models, and build a culture that supports them. This will help you recruit more women and allow them to progress, which over time will reduce your gap.