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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
Women fail to reap promotion rewards
Female worker
Female employees are less likely to shout about their success stories
By the BBC's business reporter, Angela Garvey

Talk to any employer and they are all keen to stress their staff are treated fairly and squarely - male or female, whatever the issue be it benefits, promotion or pay.

But in reality that is not always the case.

It is clear that more women are breaking through the glass ceiling to reach the top.

But when it comes to pay, there are still many stuck to a so called "sticky floor."


Figures just published by the University of Essex reveal that, when a man gets promoted, his wages go up 4.7% faster than his colleagues.

But when a woman gets promoted her wages go up by only 1.3%.

Women are more inclined to think, this is my job, this is what I do and just get on with it

Angela Baron, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
Part of the problem is that pay is not openly discussed and men on the whole tend to be better at self promotion.

"They are less likely than men to shout about things, their success stories and make a fuss about success," explains Angela Baron from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

"Women are more inclined to think, this is my job, this is what I do and just get on with it.

Stand up and be counted

"Some of the things women can do is to be more assertive once they are in those roles, but also to find out more about what the role is worth and be prepared to stand up and be counted.

"They should expect to be rewarded in line with their male counterparts in line with the contribution they make to the organisation," added Ms Baron.

The UK has had equal pay legislation for more than 20 years and it has helped.

However, the government, along with the unions recognise there is some way to go.

They are trying to persuade businesses to be more open about pay and ultimately give women the recognition they deserve.

See also:

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