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7 in 10 believe men and women paid equally by their employer

Glassdoor has released the results of its first global salary survey, which found that the majority of employees (seven out of ten) believe men and women are currently paid equally for equal work at their employer.


This is despite sources which state it will take 81 years to reach gender parity in the workplace.


The survey, which measures employee sentiment around issues related to the gender pay gap, found that the majority of employees in the seven countries surveyed believe that men and women should be paid equally for equal work, including 87% of UK adults.


By comparison, 93% of employees in the America believe men and women should receive equal pay, as do 90% in Germany, 90% in Netherlands and 88% Switzerland and France.


 “While wage disparities do exist, this survey reveals that the majority of employees do not believe their workplace has a gender pay gap,” said Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist. “Across the geographies we surveyed, the support for equal wages is there and there is general consensus that the best courses of action to ensure equal pay are new company policies around pay and compensation, government legislation requiring employers to pay people equally, and more transparency into salary at all levels."


According to Glassdoor, companies that hope to attract more female talent should be transparent about their compensation practices and make clear they have no gender pay gap. Two-thirds (66%) of UK employees are not likely to apply to a company where they believe there is a pay gap, and significantly more women (76%) than men (59%) feel this way.


The research found that younger workers are far less likely to want to work at a company where a pay gap exists: 80% of UK workers ages 18-24 would not apply for a job if they believed there to be a pay gap, compared to 58% of those aged 45-54, and 52% of those aged 55+.


Fair compensation relative to their colleagues, regardless of gender, is also an issue. Only 69% of UK females believe they are compensated fairly, opposed to 73% of UK men. In Germany 62% of women opposed to 65% of men believe they are compensated fairly and, in France, a low 57% of women compared to 66% of men believe they get what they deserve.


According to the survey, new company policies, government legislation, clearer communication from senior leaders and greater internal pay transparency are top contenders for making an impact on the gender wage gap. Among UK employees who believe there is a gender pay gap at their company:

  • 27% believe new company policies around pay and compensation are key to helping solve this issue

  • 41% feel that government legislation requiring employers to pay all people equally for equal work and experience will improve the gender pay gap

  • A low 20% believe clearer communication from senior leaders and human resources about how pay raises, bonuses and cost of living increases are determined will improve the gap

  • Just over a quarter (26%) are of the opinion that greater internal pay transparency for all roles will help close the gap

  • 17% believe that women taking action and demanding pay raises will make an impact in the wage gap


Glassdoor surveyed more than 8,000 employees in The United Kingdom, Canada, United States, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.


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