NOTES TO EDITORS: It is appalling that in the twenty-first century there is still a big difference between the average earnings of men and women. While I am encouraged that over 10,000 employers have published their data, these figures set out in real terms for the first time some of the challenges and the scale of this issue. We need to take action to ensure businesses know how they can make use of their best talent and make their gender pay gaps a thing of the past. Building on the work by the Government Equalities Office, our enforcement approach has proved to be successful, resulting in full compliance by all those considered to be in scope. We have been clear that it is not only the right thing to do but that we would use all our enforcement powers where employers failed to report. They have taken our warnings seriously and avoided costly court action. We will now be turning our attention to the accuracy of reporting. For the first time ever 100% of UK employers identified as being in scope of gender pay gap regulations have published their data.The UK is one of the few countries in the world to require employers to publish such comprehensive gender pay gap data.Under new regulations that came into force in April 2017, all employers with over 250 employees are required to report their gender pay gap data. All 10,000 UK employers that the Government has identified as having over 250 workers have now published their data.The data has shown that more than three out of four in scope UK companies pay their male staff more on average than their female staff, more than half give higher bonuses to men, on average, than women, and over 80% have more women in their lowest paid positions than in their highest paid positions.The Government Equalities Office has also published today [Wednesday 1 August] a new ‘What Works’ guidance for companies to help them improve the recruitment and progression of women and close their gender pay gap.Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, said: Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, also said: Delighted to see the launch of the Government Equalities Office, ‘What Works’ guidance and to see that the evidence based recommendations within it echo so many of those made by the Women’s Business Council particularly in relation to the importance of flexible, agile and dynamic working. The gender pay gap regulations and first year of reporting has focused the attention of the businesses community and its leaders on understanding the causes behind their organisations, and sector’s, gender gaps and the importance of putting into place practical solutions and actions to tackle their causes. Supportive guidance such as this document and best practice case studies of what has worked are vital for organisations to now take the next step in ensuring their staff have the same access to opportunity regardless of their gender. Last year Mars partnered with the Women’s Business Council to create ‘The Pipeline Effect’, a toolkit enabling gender parity beyond middle management where the gender gaps within most sectors dramatically increase. In the toolkit we’ve identified three primary obstacles to women’s mid-career progression. The visibility of relatable role-models, the need for supportive line management and most importantly the access to flexible, dynamic and agile working patterns. In Mars we’ve embraced this by rolling out multi-level sponsorship and mentoring programmes to support more women into senior leadership positions. This is supported by our in depth line manager training which ensures our family friendly policies including parental leave and flexible working are applied consistently across the business and ensures all employees hold authentic conversations with their managers allowing our male and female associates to enjoy balanced lives with thriving families and careers. Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group, a global professional services provider with a focus on IT, said: At FDM diversity and equality have always been our core values and we are proud once again to report a zero per cent gender pay gap for the second year in a row. Achieving this required a huge effort at all levels of the organisation, including major initiatives such as our women returners and graduate recruitment programmes which help women train and enter the world of technology. We also had honest conversations about senior pay, job roles and increased opportunities for flexible working initiatives to ensure strong representation of women at the top of the company. Equality and Human Rights Commission Chief Executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, said: The gender pay gap reporting process has been an incredibly positive initiative for UK companies, elevating a vital issue to the top of the boardroom agenda and forcing business leaders to face up to the extent of the problem. Whilst in some cases the reporting has shown major pay discrepancies in companies, it’s important to recognise that tackling this issue is no easy task. These businesses should be judged on the plans and promises they put in place to reduce the gap, and the willingness shown to make change happen. The ‘What Works’ advice to employers published by the Government Equalities Office today includes recommendations to: The ‘What Works’ guidance was produced in partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team. The guidance, including details of all of the research evidence, has been published on the gender pay gap website, https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/ For more information please contact the GEO press office on 0207 023 0600. Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group, also said: Assess candidates based on actual tasks they would be expected to perform in their role, and make interviews more structured to avoid unfair bias creeping in. Encourage salary negotiation by showing salary ranges, as women are currently less likely to negotiate their pay than men. Introduce transparency to pay, promotion and reward processes. Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, said:
Saint Mary’s hosted the First-Generation Student Panel Thursday night in the basement of the Student Center explored the difficulties that these students may face. It featured two College faculty members — associate professor of communication sciences and disorders Susan Latham and professor of social work Leonardo Sanchez. Seniors Shameka Turner and Sonia Torres also spoke at the panel.The discussion topics focused around the setbacks a first-generation student has to deal with, as well as what the two students have learned by attending college and how their experiences have benefited them.“I didn’t know any first-generation students when I came to college,” Latham said.The inability to access the “hidden curriculum,” or the knowledge of how a college student is expected to behave based on what they have unconsciously learned from their college-educated parents, was a setback in her days at Saint Mary’s, Latham said.The panel speakers said every student’s experiences as a first-generation student will differ, but they can all find ways to help and support each other.Torres and Turner recommended the Writing Center as a valuable resource to assist with any issues that might come up when writing papers or doing projects.“The Writing Center is very helpful because I talk with a lot of slang, and it is sometimes hard not to not write how I speak,” Turner said.Torres said she recommends asking friends to assist with revising and asking professors for help.“I didn’t have older siblings to send my papers to so they could fix them, but I learned that friends can be helpful and give feedback on papers,” Torres said. “I also always bother my professors because they know how to help me — my parents don’t know how to be an accounting major.”Despite the hardships, the panelists said acting as a role model for community members and family back home is one of the best parts of being a student.“I think my favorite thing about [being a first generation student] is that graduating is no longer for me, but for [my parents] and my siblings,” Torres said. “You set the foundation, and you are that role model whether you want to be or not.”Turner said her parents see her as a role model for going to college, despite the admiration she holds for them.“My dad looks up to me, even though I look up to him,” Turner said. ”He [says], ‘You are doing something positive,’ ‘You’re trying to better yourself,’ ‘I am proud of you.’ Even though he doesn’t always say it, I know he means it that way and appreciates me.”When asked what advice she may give a fellow first-generation student, Latham said staying true to oneself and understanding everyone deserves to be accepted in a college environment is very important.“You are important and you are valuable,” she said. “You have every reason to be here, just as much as anyone else. There are disadvantages, but that doesn’t diminish the value of you as a person and why you should be here. I think that’s part of what you are supposed to do in college, is figure out who you are … figure out how you are going to contribute to the world. That is amazing and remarkable and you should focus on that.”Tags: College experience, first generation, hidden curriculum
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Hockey action continued on Tuesday evening in the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB)/Lucozade indoor league at the National Gymnasium.In game 1, Old Fort Stallions beat off their teammates Old Fort Knockers 9-1. Terry Shaw opened the scoring for the Stallions in the 7th minute before adding the second in the 10th. Aderemi Simon picked up where his teammate left off, scoring in the 15th and 16th to end the half 4-0.Upon the return, Stephon Sprosta in the 25th netted his team’s first before Jason DeSantos (33rd minute) made it 5-1. Simon returned in the 35th minute to seal his hat-trick before Omar Hopkinson netted his strike in the 37th. Simon scored on the end of the 37th and returned in the 39th to compile 5 goals in the game.Game two saw the Bounty GCC side swatted aside by the Pepsi Hikers 3-6. Hikers Devin Munroe opened the scoring in the 6th minute to which Peter DeGroot responded for the GCC side one minute later with Steven Xaiver in the 14th minute giving the GCC side the lead.That lead would be a short accord, as Aroydy Branford in the 15th minute levelled the score again and in the 17th minute put the Hikers ahead 3-2 before the half.On the return, he completed his hat-trick in the 25th minute thanks to a penalty corner before Colonel Heywood’s 27th strike made it 5-2.Kevin Spencer (32nd) gave GCC some hope at 5-3 but Rayon Branford (32nd) quashed that hope instantly.