New report sheds light on true extent of gender discrimination in UK workplaces

New report sheds light on true extent of gender discrimination in UK workplaces

A new study suggests that a worrying 85 per cent of women and 80 per cent of men have witnessed discriminatory behaviour in their workplace.

The research, which comes from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), suggests that the problem could be more widespread in British workplaces than previously thought.

It also suggests that a significant proportion of workers may be failing to report such discrimination as and when they see it happen.

The survey quizzed 856 company managers and workers, finding that only one in four felt that their organisation was “actively and visibly championing gender initiatives” in the workplace.

Furthermore, it found that only eight per cent of managers were aware of the full extent of the gender pay gap within their organisation – despite new rules requiring all businesses with 250 employees or more to publicly disclose detailed information about this.

Following the publication of the research, the CMI has issued a “wake-up call” to business leaders, arguing that British employers need to be more active in promoting gender diversity at work, and more transparent about gender pay disparities.

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the CMI, said: “Gender-balanced companies financially far outperform their peers. However, while we’re starting to see change, progress is stuttering.

“Employers have great intentions but our report shows there’s still a yawning gap between the rhetoric and the reality of work for too many women.

“Leaders and their managers need to fix the ‘broken windows’ – the range of everyday biased attitudes, actions and practices that make possible the bigger systemic problems that women face,” she said.