by Ray Hayes

Last year, the UK government instituted a new policy requiring companies with more than 250 employees to declare their pay numbers based on gender within a year’s time. According to reports, more than 15 million employees and 9,000 employers will be affected by the new law.  The move comes as the country tries to combat workplace discrimination and while improving female representation.

WPP, one the world’s top holding companies centered in the UK, recently released their numbers, highlighting issues that are affecting most companies when it comes to pay among genders.  The WPP report showed a 14.6 percent gender pay gap across its UK agencies, with a mean pay gap of 25.5 percent. In addition, the report revealed that men represent the majority of higher paying positions at WPP agencies at 62 percent. However women represent the majority of lowering paying positions at 55 percent.

In efforts to combat these issues, Adweek reported that, “WPP requires unconscious bias training as part of its wider ethics training course, diversity and inclusion training for senior leadership and each of its agencies were required to launch their own inclusion and diversity training courses in 2017.” In addition to training, the company has an “X Factor” and Women in Leadership Lessons” program that offers mentoring and professional development for women looking to gain more leadership roles within WPP agencies.