Skills, Competencies and Gender: Issues for pay and training

Heron, Paul, Strebler, Marie and Thompson, Marc (1997) Skills, Competencies and Gender: Issues for pay and training. Project Report. Institute for Employment Studies.

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The extent to which skill and competency-based systems used by work organizations in the United Kingdom may contribute to maintenance of the pay gap between men and women was examined through a review of the following: pertinent literature from the United Kingdom and United States; 15 published case studies; current Institute for Employment Studies research on assessment/measurement of competencies; and information from a workshop at which practitioners in large public and private organizations discussed issues in using skill- and competency-based pay and training systems. Among the study's main findings were the following: (1) women are more likely than men to undervalue the skill levels of their jobs; (2) although men and women managers do not differ greatly in the competencies they possess, women are consistently rated lower on leadership ability by managers; (3) the process of translating skills/competencies to individual performance criteria is complex and liable to gender bias; (4) performance appraisal remains the main method for assessing performance; and (5) skill-based pay is less likely to cover female employees. Areas for further research were also identified.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Keywords: gender; pay gap; incentivisation; skill-based pay
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 14:34
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07

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