Nine large companies are
to perform gender employment assessments of their workforce in response to work
being carried out by the Government’s Kingsmill Review.
The organisations, which
have worked with Denise Kingsmill, who has been appointed to review women’s
employment and pay, have agreed to look at issues surrounding career paths, the
effect of flexible working practices on retention, promotional rates, pay and
Kingsmill, has so far
spoken to 50 large organisations to form best practice initiatives for her report,
The Kingsmill Review of Women’s Employment and Pay.
The HSBC Bank, which
already conducts annual equal pay audits, is to carry out the gender employment
review on one of its departments to see if the company has a gender problem.
The other eight
companies are British Airways, CitiGroup, Unilever, Littlewoods, Sainsbury, Compass,
Centrica and Granada.
employment audit is the first step in improving company performance through
better management of people. The encouraging support of these companies
illustrates the importance of good management of human capital,” said
Kingsmill will produce
her report to the Government in the autumn.
By Paul Nelson