In 2017, the UK government passed a new legislation that all companies with over 250 staff now must publish a gender pay gap report. As we near the end of March, and the deadline for these reports approaches, there have been some surprising exposures. HSBC reported a gender pay gap of 59%, while Goldman Sachs reported a 36.4% pay gap in the UK. These figures are unexpected for a country as developed as the UK and they are likely embarrassing for the big corporations who have to publish them. Something needs to be done. Creating a legal requirement to report these issues is one small step forward for gender equality in UK workplaces. But still, we can do more. Cloud computing helps to reduce workplace gender inequality in a surprisingly simplistic way: Allowing staff to work from outside of the office.
If you have a small-medium business, with less than 250 staff, you don’t have to publish a pay gap report. But you should still have measures to prevent any potential glass ceilings. Cloud computing is one of these measures. It gives you and your staff the ability to use applications and software on any device, in any place where there is an internet connection. Staff are then able to work from home or even another continent. This is particularly important for ensuring equal opportunities for women.
The underlying causes of the gender pay gap are not always due to unequal pay, although this is sometimes a factor. More often than not, it’s that men get promoted more than women and get hired in higher-ranking positions. This is despite the men and women having equal skills. In the UK, women make up only 22% of corporate boardrooms. This comes down to two factors. The first is discrimination. Research shows how CVs using male names are more likely to receive an interview offer than identical CVs with a woman's name. The second reason is that women disproportionately take time out of work to have children. They are more likely to stay home to raise children than men. This limits career progression. Men begin to climb the corporate ladder while many women raise the children, leading to fewer earnings in the long run.
Cloud computing changes this and has already made improvements to the lives of working mums around the world. It allows both men and women time to raise their children without having to give up their careers because they now do both from home. This will allow women to continue to progress in their careers when they have children. Also, men will be able to spend more time with their children while still working, something the traditional breadwinner family model often causes men to miss out on. Cloud computing provides a more modern work-life relationship which benefits both men and women. It will also benefit you as there’s less need to find and train temporary staff to cover maternity/paternity leave, or other events that require your staff to be away for a long time.
This is an overlooked benefit of cloud computing. There are many more including, increased security and reduced business spending. You can read more about those here: http://tandemsystems.co.uk/2017/09/26/cloud-computing-advantages/.
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