Clos­ing the gap

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Ge­orgina Ham­blin, di­rec­tor at Vardags law firm, tells us how to use the in­for­ma­tion to your ad­van­tage Take the emo­tion out of it. Gather all of the in­for­ma­tion that you need – this data is a free pass to raise these is­sues in a sen­si­ble and un­emo­tional way.

Scru­ti­nise the pay gap

re­ports in your field. What salary in­for­ma­tion is out there for sim­i­lar jobs to yours in other com­pa­nies? Get facts to­gether to sup­port your case. Make in­ter­nal en­quiries. If you be­lieve a male coun­ter­part is be­ing paid more, present your con­cerns in an hon­est dis­cus­sion with your man­ager or, if that’s too in­tim­i­dat­ing, your HR depart­ment.

Be con­fi­dent. Of­ten women don’t back them­selves the way men do, which is of­ten the real rea­son a man may have se­cured a pay rise above you. Em­brace the op­por­tu­nity. If your com­pany is fall­ing be­hind in gen­der pro­gres­sion, you are not do­ing it, or your­self, any favours by qui­etly sit­ting back and ac­cept­ing less.

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