Previous Article Next Article Employers’ ability to prove that they offer equal pay for women is becomingincreasingly important in the battle to attract the best people. This was the view of Julie Mellor, chair of the Equal OpportunitiesCommission, speaking at the Women in Leadership summit in London. She saidequal pay is becoming “a competitive issue in the war for talent”. Mellor told delegates that feedback to the EOC suggests that one of theobstacles to gender equality in the workplace is that many men are threatenedby changes to traditional gender roles. Work-life balance consultant Richard Reeves, also speaking at the event,added that the jury is still out on how best to sell gender diversity tobusiness. He said one of the reasons for the continuing pay gap between the sexes isthat the business case for closing it had not yet been achieved. “The business case is too narrow a ground to base a case for genderdiversity. The ethical case must be made,” Reeves said. “I wouldrather say, ‘is there a gender equality case for business?’ instead of ‘isthere a business case for gender equality?’.” Reeves also stressed that employers should not overlook the rights ofworking fathers in the battle to improve equality at work for women. “There is also a downside of focusing solely on women’s workplaceissues, such as a lack of rights for working fathers,” Reeves said.”Until the spotlight comes off women, I believe that they [workingfathers] will have to continue to fight for equality.” By DeeDee Doke Equal pay key in battle to attract the top talentOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.