Catalyst Jersey debate gender pay gap

As one audience member said: ‘The challenge to employers is “Why wait for government to take action when you have the power to make simple change now?”’

Stuart Richford, head of the Catalyst Jersey team, joined a panel of expert speakers at the Jersey Diversity in Change Forum to discuss the gender pay gap with a mixed audience of senior business leaders based in Jersey and members of the public. Hosted by the forum’s founder Janet Hall, the panel also included Deputy Louise Doublet, advocate Sophie Reguengo,  and advocate Vicky Milner.

Catalyst Jersey debate gender pay gap

Stuart Richford, head of the Catalyst Jersey team (4th from left)

Stuart Richford comments “While the evidence suggests that not all the pay gap between men and women is based solely on gender it is clear that the topic impacts us all.  What’s more, employers are under mounting pressure to demonstrate their commitment to helping tackle the issue.”

 

Janet Hall said We were delighted Stuart joined the panel for this important debate.  He is well known as a key advocate for diversity in business – and it’s exactly that kind of engagement that will make a tangible difference for business not only in Jersey but also well beyond.”

The panel and audience also debated board quotas, legislation, mentorship, female empowerment, men’s paternity rights and the ‘motherhood penalty’ and its perceived impact on businesses.

Stuart Richford adds “Unconscious bias can significantly contribute to the gap through its impact on recruitment efforts, policies & procedures, subjective appraisal and promotion practices.”

Notes to Editors

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  • Jersey based businesses seeking an informal discussion about any aspect of Catalyst’s Jersey-based services should contact Lesley Mourant
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Lesley Mourant

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Senior HR experience including the development and delivery of in-house training programmes, policy review, team restructuring, succession planning and cultural change.