Esther Jiménez: “Medium-sized businesses are less aware of equality issues”

04/06/19
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The dean of the Faculty of Education publishes with Dr Chinchilla the report “Good practices for managing talent and improving competitiveness in business”

Esther Jiménez: “Medium-sized businesses are less aware of equality issues”

The dean of the Faculty of Education, Esther Jiménez, together with Dr Nuria Chinchilla, has published the report “Good practices for managing talent and improving competitiveness in business”, where more than 100 companies have participated. Jiménez, as the principal researcher and lecturer at IESE Business School, as well as Chinchilla, head of the study, highlight among the main conclusions that “medium-sized businesses (from 50 to 199 employees) show less communication and awareness of equality issues”.

The State Secretariat for Equality of the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Equality, Soledad Murillo attended the presentation of the study, on May 31. During the presentation, different data extracted from the report was analysed, such as the fact that among the companies analysed, the pay gap is 18.7%. This is relevant data considering that 63% of the participating businesses have never performed a pay gap study.

The “Good practices for managing talent and improving competitiveness in business” report also states that, in the last tax year, one third more of men have been recruited than of women, and one quarter more of men have been promoted. Additionally, only 55% of businesses explicitly refer to reconciling work and family life in their code of ethics, and only 60%, to effective equality.

Results also verify that 77% of businesses promote gender diversity in senior management and that, of the more than 100 companies that have participated in the study, 62% confirm to have equal opportunity policies in place. 97% of these companies declare that diversity indicators should be included in the Management Board.

Finally, both researchers conclude that the energy sector, representing 67%, considers gender diversity a priority in promotions, while the Life Sciences (20%) and services (27%) sectors consider it less of a priority.