Or so says the CBI’s Katja Hall in her response to the government’s proposed Equality Bill.
On the subject of compulsory equal pay audits, she said:
They are very expensive and very time-consuming. Pay gaps are not the result of discrimination – they are because many women would prefer to work in the HR department than the finance department.
Which begs a question: do women earn less because they gravitate towards careers like HR, or do these jobs pay less because more women work in them? You could ask a similar question about many other occupations.
My own view about HR’s low status, as I’ve said before, is that HR people are not bullish enough about what they do. Which, inevitably, begs another question: Does the HR profession beat itself up so much because it has a disproportionate number of women in its ranks? Mind you, I have known some pretty fierce female HR directors. They tend to be the ones who make it onto the board too.
Anyway, when I have had time to read the government’s white paper, I will comment further on the contents. In the meantime, I will leave you to cogitate on the comments from the CBI’s Head of Employment and Employee Relations.
Incidentally, does anyone know if, all other things being equal, Finance managers do earn more than HR managers?