Survey Reveals Vast Gulf In Bonuses Received By Men And Women

A recent survey showed that when talking about bonuses women receive twice less than men at the same positions.

XpertHR held a research among 43,000 UK workers due to which the bonuses for the last 12 months of female managers are averagely £3,029. On the other hand, men working in similar positions have received about £6,442 each.

The differences were huge between the average bonuses of men and women in higher positions. Here males receive £63,700 and females only £36,270 which is a difference of about 76%. Download employment document templates drafted by UK solicitors.

This means that over the course of a career a man would earn £141,500 more than his female counterparts.

After the evidence found by this survey at entry level women earn £989 more than men but at middle-management level again men are winners with £1,760 more. At directory level the gap becomes much bigger with difference of about £15,561.

According to Ann Francke from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the organisation which supported the survey, such a disparity should not exist in modern times.

“Equal pay has been around for 40 years as law but we are still not there,” she said, referring to the Equal Pay Act 1970. “We are at the bottom of the tree, not the top – and that is quite shocking.”

In her opinion if women had more access to higher positions businesses would develop better and faster.

Figures of Boardwatch UK showed that the number of women on the boards of organizations this year has fallen for the first time since 1999.

The shadow minister for women and equalities said she was quite disappointed by these figures as women were as a whole getting only three quarters of the pay that male executives received, half of the money the receive as bonuses and despite this their number was still falling.


Caste Discrimination Law Needed in the UK

An amendment was recently voted by the Peers in the House of Lords in favour of Hindu people in the UK. After this amendment they would be protected from caste discrimination.

This was tabled by the former bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, and would just broaden the Equality Act 2010 which is now responsible for discrimination on different bases like race, age and sexual orientation.

According to the equalities spokesperson in the House of Lords, many people were affected by caste discrimination.  In her words the affected people in the UK are about 850,000.

“Labour has promised to tackle this known but hidden problem – and with peers from across the Lords having now voted overwhelmingly in favour of this change to equalities legislation, ministers should now get on with implementing it.”

The government, however, is on the opposite opinion, claiming that even if law changes this would not stop the cases of caste discrimination.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that he did not believe such legislation would help as most of the places where discrimination cases happened were in areas not covered by discrimination law.

Keith Porteous Wood, from the National Secular Society, said that the Government had in fact refused to follow the recommendation that last year UN had made and due to which discrimination had to be considered unlawful .

“Instead, all the Government offered those suffering from caste discrimination was conciliation where there is conflict. The peers, however, were determined to aid the vulnerable more effectively by providing legal protection on caste.”

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An Employee Wins Discrimination Case In European Court

An employee of British Airways won a case in the European Court of Human Rights claiming she felt discriminated because of the fact she was not allowed to wear a cross around her neck.

On the other hand, the result of three other similar cases turned to be unsuccessful.

In September 2006 Nadia Eweida was sent back home just because she said she would not remove the cross around her neck because this presented her faith. The airline changed their policy toward uniforms in next February and until then she did not go to work. According to her during the period she was off work she had lost around £3,500.

In the words of Ms Eweida members of other religions were allowed to wear religious symbols so she just wanted to have the same rights and wear her cross. She has spent years inUKand European courts until she managed to persuade people this was a violation of her human rights. In the end she felt “jubilant” on the decision the court made.

David Cameron wrote on twitter that “ppl [sic] shouldn’t suffer discrimination due to religious beliefs.”

The other three similar cases brought to court were rejected.

Being a nurse Shirley Chaplin was told she had to remove her cross because of health and safety purposes.  Ms Ladale lost her job because she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies and Mr. McFarlane because he was unwilling to offer sex therapy to couples with homosexual tastes.

Mr. McFarlane said he would not stop trying to win the case: “I don’t seek to make judgements about peoples’ rights to live the way they do,” said McFarlane, “but it creates a conflict for me…I would seek some reasonable accommodation of that view.”

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