8 MARCH 2021
The Stationers' Company is delighted to receive notification of the BPIF's acknowledgement of International Women's Day. The theme of the day is Choose to Challenge and the BPIF has chosen to challenge diversity across the industry. With the BPIF's permission we are pleased to share this with you.
This International Women's Day we have chosen to recognise women across our industry, demonstrating the challenges and achievements that they have faced over the past year. We asked women in our industry what their perspectives were on having to adapt in the pandemic, being a women in the industry, experiences around home working and team collaboration, and the gender pay gap. The evolution of the industry, with a more digital focus due to the pandemic, has seen challenges for everyone, and these women have highlighted these challenges and faced them head on. And as a mature industry, it is important that we reflect on the positives of the last year, diversity in the workplace, and the successes that have come out of it.
There has been lots of relevant discussions in the media recently around the importance of acknowledging the gender pay gap. In 2020, the legislation requiring all employers with more than 250 employees to report their pay data was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Only half of 10,000 employers impacted by the law provided data, due to the suspension, with an average gender pay gap amongst the participating companies being highlighted at 12.9% (Catalyst.org, 2021).
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