Some 53% of Spanish employers reject mandatory pay gap audits – a measure announced by the Spanish government in January aimed at equalising the salary between men and women in business – since they consider it could negatively affect their remuneration and hiring policies.
Conversely, 44% of respondents consider this measure would be effective since it would force companies to publicly release their salaries, although they warn that their approval would require a broad consensus among the government, employers and unions, according to the survey by the auditor Grant Thornton under the headline “Women in business 2018: meet or lead?”.
Another finding of the survey is that 79% of employers do not believe in the compulsory quota system as a mechanism to encourage gender equality in business environment, while 10% think they are necessary and would apply them, and another 10% recognise they are necessary but difficult to apply.
“However those countries where they have been applied – such as Norway, Italy, France or Belgium – are already achieving parity in the number of men and women holding management positions,” says Grant Thornton partner Mar García.
The report also shows that the wage gap between men and women in Spain stands between 15% and 30%, opting the government for the lowest figure.
With regards to the government’s involvement in the issue, 57% of Spain’s employers would like the executive to boost more legislative measures for the promotion of women to top management roles. The figure is higher than the one from the European Union (40%) and globally (40%).
In contrast, 27% of the respondents believe this issue concerns exclusively to companies, which must face it without the government’s interference.
For the second year in a row, women in top management roles in businesses in Spain stands at 27%, suggesting it evolves slowly and is stagnated. However, Spain does not top the list of gender inequalities in management positions globally, as Finland (26%), Canada (25%), Germany (23%), UK (22%) and the US (21%) among others are below Spain in the number of women on boards.