Ethnicity Pay Gap Day 2024

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8th January 2024 is Ethnicity Pay Gap Day. It’s a campaign calling for mandatory pay gap reporting and pay parity across ethnic groups.

The Pay Gap is the percentage difference in the average pay between group. The ethnicity pay gap compares ethnic minority communities to White British people. In the UK, government data shows that most minority ethnic groups earn less. Most notably people of Pakistani heritage earn 16% less, Bangladeshi people 15% less, and Black African people 8% less.

The pay gap can arise because of unfair pay, and also because fewer people from ethnic minority communities hold roles that attract premium pay. This plays out in our workplaces and across our economy.

Data can shine a light on inequality, and let us see the systemic disparity that exists in our society. I have found data to be an incredible way to unlock attitudes and open people’s minds. Then together with people’s stories of lived experience the case for change becomes clear.

You can only manage what you measure. Ethnicity pay gap reporting gives a basis for organisations to examine representation of ethnic minorities across their roles and levels of seniority.

Today we call on all organisations to live up to their values, show transparency and take accountability for change.

Organisations may be reticent to report their ethnicity pay gap for a variety of reasons.  As someone who leads ethnicity data collection ethnicity, analysis and pay gap reporting, I can give my assurances that the challenges that may be concerning you can be overcome. If you would like to know more, please use the contact page to get in touch, or find me on LinkedIn.

Let’s start measuring, reporting, and taking action to close the ethnicity pay gap.

2023 Year in Review

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Wow, what a year!

😶 I quit my job as Director of People Data and Insights at AVEVA
😅 … to run Inclusioneering Limited full time
✅ I joined the trustee board of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
✅…and the board of directors of ForHumanity, an AI ethics and audit charity
😍 I had the pleasure to work with amazing clients who continually inspire me:
TransFIRe HubMaterials Made Smarter Centre, LucideonVBuddies – Metaverse Tech LtdScott Bradbury, EIT Food
🤝 … on projects spanning strategy development, surveysresearch and data analysis, leading the Foundation Industry EDI working group, learning and development, and digital privacy, safety and equality
🏫 and with top universities including Durham, Leeds, Nottingham, Cambridge, and Sheffield
🎤 30 Public speaking engagements
👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 Expanded my network of outstanding associates who co-deliver Inclusioneering’s work
📃 Inclusioneering Limited was shortlisted for the StartUp Awards Social Enterprise of the Year
🏅 And winner of SME News Corporate Inclusion Consultancy of the Year
🤩 I met one of my heroes, Dame Stephanie Shirley, for afternoon tea at the Savoy (still in shock this happened! 👀)
💎 And continued to work with another, Professor Sue Black OBE ❤️
👏 Judge for the Most Influentual Woman in UK Tech award
⭐ 4 visits to the Houses of Parliament, on tech, diversity and Ethnicity Pay Gap topics, and joined 1 government roundtable on AI

I owe thanks to very many people for enabling all of this to happen.

That’s the highlights reel. The reality is of course far more mixed, and I want to balance the showcase with some of the challenges that have accompanied it, because life is complex and that needs to be seen too.
⬛ Discovering the rollercoaster of running your own company full time, during a downturn in demand for diversity, equity and inclusion projects
⬛ Cutting my income by over 50%, plus no more pension or benefits
⬛ Multiple family health challenges, many still ongoing
⬛ Subsidence causing progressive damage to my home, 18+ months into an insurance claim with no resolution or end in sight
⬛ The challenge to maintain my own wellbeing from what can be emotionally intensive work, plus all the other stuff above

On balance, it’s all been worth it, and looking forwards to 2024