• Media release
  • 8 Nov 2018
  • 2 min read

Genesis wins YWCA Equal Pay Award

Genesis was named as the On the Journey award winner at the YWCA Equal Pay Awards held in Auckland last night, recognising the focus Genesis has brought to closing the gender pay gap for its employees.

Judges applauded Genesis’ education and coaching of team leaders around unconscious bias, salary negotiation, consideration of individuals, paying for value and the size of the role.

In June 2017, Genesis committed to providing a fair and gender equitable employment environment. Initial analysis showed an overall pay gap of 3.8% across the company. Immediate actions were put in place to close the gap, beginning with salary increases for 23 employees. As at August 2018, Genesis’s pay gap is 2.95%.

"We’re so proud to win this year’s ‘On the Journey’ award from the YWCA. Genesis has taken action because we believe everyone has the right to be rewarded fairly for their work," Nicola Richardson, Executive General Manager, People and Culture at Genesis.

Genesis has implemented systemic changes to ensure its pay gap continues to narrow. Hiring practises were amended from October 2017 to include shortlisting of women into all people leadership and management roles. Bias has been removed from Genesis’ annual salary review process. Flexible working practises have been introduced to allow all employees to balance work / life commitments, and the company has introduced its Minding the Gap policy to enable fairness and gender pay equity.

"Influencing behaviour has been a big focus for us, and it’s generating positive change.We’ve engaged key decision-makers and influencers at Genesis in education sessions to ensure they understand what we’re trying to achieve and why. This buy in across Genesis is critical in ensuring the gap continues to narrow," says Richardson. 

Since the first wave of salary increases resets, Genesis now holds six-monthly reviews to address any inequity of pay in ‘like for like’ roles at Genesis.

This process takes into consideration variables including: role size, tenure, performance, position in range, and pay progression. "We’re delighted to have our commitment to equity recognised with this award. Being able to harness the diversity and talents of all our people is key to Genesis’ commercial success. Gender shouldn’t hold anyone back, ever. That’s why we’re for closing the pay gap," says Richardson.

Ms Richardson was also a finalist in the YWCA’s Champion Award.

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