How much has been done in the hospitality Industry to close the gender pay gap and provide an inclusive workplace as we celebrate International Women’s Day?
On 8th March, organisations across the world will be recognising International Women’s Day. Since the first IWD gathering back in 1911, International Women’s Day has created an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day is not geographically, group or organisation specific, it belongs to all groups collectively everywhere including the hospitality industry.
So, why not join the IoH this month to help us celebrate the women who work in our industry by shining the spotlight on some of the key reports highlighting the barriers still facing today’s contemporary women and questioning what has been done so far in the industry.
As part of our celebration, we have chosen to highlight crucial key areas where women are still having to fight to be taken seriously, to be given a good job offer, a promotion and, in some instances, equal pay. We would also like to show you how you can get involved in the campaigning to help champion the cause and speed up change.
Women and senior roles
Since the publication of the Government-backed Hampton and Alexander review (2016) calling for more women to be placed in senior roles within the industry, research shows that, despite recommendations and calls for change, very little has been written about how the hospitality, travel and leisure sector plans to embrace these changes.
This report published by Pricewaterhouse Cooper and Korn Ferry, WiH2020 – Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure gives an interesting review on how we are making progress in diversity and inclusion within our industry.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
The media has been focusing heavily on the gender pay gap, whether it’s Hollywood stars or the BBC, and are also looking at those gender pay gap reports that have already been published. During 2018, there are 111 gender pay gap reports of accommodation and foodservice businesses available to view on the government’s viewing service.
If sectors of your work force are predominately male or female, it is important to understand the difference between gender reporting and equal pay. Public and legal scrutiny will follow under the gender pay gap reporting obligations. The hospitality and leisure sector is likely to be under significant scrutiny due to the tendency for a predominance of male and female workers in particular work areas. The Institute of Hospitality has published a Management Guide: Gender Pay Gap to help you understand the statutory regulations and what needs publishing.
How you can help make change happen through Mentoring
If you would like to support females in the industry, why not consider becoming an industry mentor through our Mentor Me Scheme. Mentor Me is mentoring with a difference; it focuses on career growth and development for both experienced and new hospitality managers. We can match you with a high potential female who you can provide targeted support and advice to help them achieve their potential.
You can also get involved in other ways. Visit the International Women’s Day website to find out how to support the #EachforEqual 2020 campaign and access useful downloadable tools and resources to help everything you need for IWD 2020.
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