On 8 March, International Women’s Day 2022, the Minister for Women, Baroness Stedman-Scott, has announced two initiatives which will help towards levelling up employment opportunities for women.
Firstly, participating employers will be running pilots aimed at closing salary gaps by publishing salaries on all job adverts. Applicants will not be asked to disclose their salary history, which will provide an opportunity for women to negotiate pay on a fairer basis.
Secondly, a new returners programme will be supporting women into STEM roles after taking time out to care for loved ones. This new programme will help organisations to recruit and retain talented staff who are often overlooked because of a gap on their CV, by providing training, development and employment support to those who have taken time out for caring.
Commenting on the salary initiative the Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society said “This is an important first step. We hope more employers will answer this call, and sign Fawcett’s pledge, as part of other actions to tackle their pay gaps.”